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Dennis Lawrence Kuchar

Cardiologist, St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney

Specialty: cardiac arrhythmias, catheter ablation, pacemakers, implantable defibrillators

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW
Director, Coronary Care Unit, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Date of birth: 7 June 1956, Sydney, Australia
Nationality: Australian


Office 253 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022, Australia
Phone: 61 2 9369 1494
Fax: 61 2 9369 1429

Hospital Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, St Vincentís Hospital, Darlinghurst, 2010, NSW, Australia
Phone: 61 2 8382 3300
Fax: 61 2 8382 3410
email:  St Vincents Heart

MB BS (Hons)
Sydney University 1978
Sydney University 1987
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
American College of Cardiology

1979 Professorial Intern Sydney Hospital
1980-1 Resident Medical Officer Sydney Hospital
1982-3 Cardiology Registrar St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney
1984-6 Cardiology Fellow St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney
1986-8 Cardiology Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
1988 Cardiology Fellow, St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney
1989-93 Clinical Assistant (Cardiology), St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney
1993- Staff Cardiologist, St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney
1998 Director, Coronary Care Unit, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

William E Kay Prize for Medicine, Sydney Hospital 1977
RT Hall Prize for Cardiology, Cardiac Society of ANZ 1987
Research Fellow NH and MRC of Australia, 1984-6
Overseas Research Fellowship National Heart Foundation, 1986-9
Finalist, Ralph Reader Prize Cardiac Society of ANZ 1986 & 89

Journal and Abstract Reviewer
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine
Medical Journal of Australia
American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions



(Peer-reviewed journals)

Hayes P, Muller D, Kuchar D. Left main coronary artery disease in a 40 year old man receiving HIV protease inhibitors. Aust NZ J Med 2000; 30:92-93.

Singleton C, Thorburn C, Kuchar D.External cardioverter defibrillator for bedside reversion of tachycardias. Aust NZ J Med 1999 Dec;

Walker BD, Thorburn CW, Kuchar DL.Recurrent atrial electrode displacement complicating a single lead VDD pacing system. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1999 Nov;22(11):1688-91

Gunalingam B, Sammel N, Thorburn C, Kuchar D. Cardiomyopathy secondary to ventricular tachycardia--an unusual case of reversible heart failure. Aust N Z J Med 1999 Feb;29(1):100-1

Chew EW, Troughear RH, Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW. Inappropriate rate change in minute ventilation rate responsive pacemakers due to interference by cardiac monitors.
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1997 Feb;20(2 Pt 1):276-282

Fatkin D, Carroll G, Kuchar D, Feneley MP.Thromboembolic complications after pharmacologic cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.
Aust N Z J Med 1994 Oct;24(5):584-585

Kuchar DL, West P, Thorburn C. Idiopathic right ventricular tachycardia: electrophysiology and response to catheter ablation.
Aust N Z J Med 1994 Jun;24(3):351-357

Fatkin D, Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Feneley MP.Transesophageal echocardiography before and during direct current cardioversion of atrial fibrillation: evidence for "atrial stunning" as a mechanism of thromboembolic complications.
J Am Coll Cardiol 1994 Feb;23(2):307-316

Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Sammel NL. Prognostic implications of loss of late potentials following acute myocardial infarction.
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1993 Nov;16(11):2104-2111

Fatkin D, Hickie J, Thorburn C, Kuchar D. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.
Aust N Z J Med 1991 Aug;21(4):451-453

Kuchar DL, Sammel NL, Thorburn CW. Electrocardiographic identification of late potentials: a new noninvasive technique for identifying patients with ventricular tachycardia.
Aust N Z J Med 1990 Aug;20(4):607-614

Kuchar DL, Rosenbaum DS, Ruskin J, Garan H. Late potentials on the signal-averaged electrocardiogram after canine myocardial infarction: correlation with induced ventricular arrhythmias during the healing phase.
J Am Coll Cardiol 1990 May;15(6):1365-1373

Kuchar DL, Rosenbaum DS. Noninvasive recording of late potentials: current state of the art.
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1989 Sep;12(9):1538-1551

Kuchar DL, Garan H, Venditti FJ, Finkelstein D, Rottman JN, McComb J, McGovern BA, Ruskin JN.Usefulness of sotalol in suppressing ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in patients with healed myocardial infarcts.
Am J Cardiol 1989 Jul 1;64(1):33-36

Kuchar DL, Ruskin JN, Garan H. Electrocardiographic localization of the site of origin of ventricular tachycardia in patients with prior myocardial infarction.
J Am Coll Cardiol 1989 Mar 15;13(4):893-903

Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Freund J, Yeates MG, Sammel NL. Noninvasive predictors of cardiac events after myocardial infarction. Complementary value of exercise testing and signal-averaged electrocardiography.
Cardiology 1989;76(1):18-31

Kuchar DL, Garan H, Ruskin JN. Electrophysiologic evaluation of antiarrhythmic therapy for ventricular tachyarrhythmias.
Am J Cardiol 1988 Oct 19;62(12):39H-45H

Kuchar DL, Rottman J, Berger E, Freeman CS, Garan H, Ruskin JN. Prediction of successful suppression of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias by serial drug testing from data derived at the initial electrophysiologic study.
J Am Coll Cardiol 1988 Oct;12(4):982-988

McGuire M, Kuchar D, Ganis J, Sammel N, Thorburn C. Natural history of late potentials in the first ten days after acute myocardial infarction and relation to early ventricular arrhythmias.
Am J Cardiol 1988 Jun 1;61(15):1187-1190

Garan H, Kuchar D, Freeman C, Finkelstein D, Ruskin JN.Early assessment of the effect of map-guided transcatheter intracardiac electric shock on sustained ventricular tachycardia secondary to coronary artery disease.
Am J Cardiol 1988 May 1;61(13):1018-1023

Kuchar D, Thorburn C, Sammel N, Garan H, Ruskin JN Surface electrocardiographic manifestations of tachyarrhythmias: clues to diagnosis and mechanism.
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 1988 Jan;11(1):61-82

Kuchar DL, Campbell TJ, O'Rourke MF. Long-term survival after counterpulsation for medically refractory heart failure complicating myocardial infarction and cardiac surgery.
Eur Heart J 1987 May;8(5):490-502

Kuchar DL, Freund J, Yeates M, Sammel N.Enhanced prediction of major cardiac events after myocardial infarction using exercise radionuclide ventriculography.
Aust N Z J Med 1987 Apr;17(2):228-233

Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Sammel NL. Prediction of serious arrhythmic events after myocardial infarction: signal-averaged electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring and radionuclide ventriculography.
J Am Coll Cardiol 1987 Mar;9(3):531-538

Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Sammel NL. Late potentials detected after myocardial infarction: natural history and prognostic significance.
Circulation 1986 Dec;74(6):1280-1289

Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Sammel NL. Signal-averaged electrocardiogram for evaluation of recurrent syncope.
Am J Cardiol 1986 Nov 1;58(10):949-953

Kuchar DL, Kelly RP, Thorburn CW. High-frequency analysis of the surface electrocardiograms of patients with supraventricular tachycardia: accurate identification of atrial activation and determination of the mechanism of tachycardia.
Circulation 1986 Nov;74(5):1016-1026

Gavaghan TP, Kelly RP, Kuchar DL, Hickie JB, Campbell TJ. The prevalence of arrhythmias in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: role of ambulatory monitoring and signal-averaged electrocardiography.
Aust N Z J Med 1986 Oct;16(5):666-670

Kelly RP, Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW. Subvalvular mitral calcium as a cause of surgically correctable ventricular tachycardia.
Am J Cardiol 1986 Apr 1;57(10):884-886

Kuchar DL, Thorburn CW, Sammel NL. The role of signal averaged electrocardiography in the investigation of unselected patients with syncope.
Aust N Z J Med 1985 Dec;15(6):697-703

Kuchar DL, O'Rourke MF. High dose furosemide in refractory cardiac failure.
Eur Heart J 1985 Nov;6(11):954-958

Kuchar DL, Keogh AM, Thorburn CW. Pacemaker reversion for suspected supraventricular tachycardia
Anaesth Intensive Care 1985 May;13(2):163-167

O'Rourke MF, Sammel NL, Kuchar D. High-dose furosemide in cardiac failure.
Arch Intern Med 1984 Dec;144(12):2429

Feneley MP, Gavaghan TP, Kuchar D, Thorburn CW, Baron DW, Morgan JJ. New electrocardiographic criteria for inferior myocardial infarction.
Eur Heart J 1984 Oct;5(10):806-813

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