Specialist

Dr Christopher Allada
Interventional Cardiologist

MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Christopher Allada did his primary schooling at Westall Primary School and completed his secondary school education at Haileybury College in Melbourne. He was the dux of Haileybury College in 1990. He was also awarded the Australian Student Prize recognising his academic achievement during his schooling. After completing his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1996, he commenced work as an intern at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 2001, he commenced cardiology training at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney and the three years of training included a year in the heart transplant and failure unit.

He first worked as a cardiologist in 2004 in Ballarat but soon realised that his passion was to perform coronary artery stenting. In 2006, he spent a year at Canberra Hospital as the interventional cardiology fellow and returned to Canberra in 2009 after being appointed as a staff specialist in interventional cardiology at Canberra Hospital. He also works at National Capital Private Hospital and is on its Medical Advisory Committee. Dr Allada loves teaching including medical education and served on the Specialist Training Committee in cardiology at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians from 2003 to 2015. From 2008 to 2015 he was the Coordinator of Advanced Training on this committee. He is also a lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School and assists in the training of both medical students as well as medical residents.

Dr Allada is married and has a daughter and a son. He is passionate about cricket and loves jogging, bike riding, table tennis and badminton. He also enjoys gardening. He practices what he preaches. At his heaviest he was 85kg but with discipline, he has reduced his weight to under 68kg. He has written a patient article on his thoughts on weight loss which can be found on this website.

Dr Kris Nowakowski
Imaging Cardiologist

MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ, FASE

Kris Nowakowski is an imaging cardiologist and internationally recognised echocardiography specialist with expertise in echocardiography, guidance of structural intervention and electrophysiology procedures, valvular heart disease, heart failure, sports cardiology, preventative cardiology and cardio-oncology. 

Dr Nowakowski finished secondary school at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, where he was awarded the prize for Dux of School and an Australian Student Prize. He completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2001. He undertook basic physician training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, where he also commenced cardiology training. Kris completed advanced cardiology training at The Prince Charles Hospital, a leading cardiothoracic hospital, in Brisbane following which he gained fellowship experience in general cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac catheterisation. He was recognised as a CT coronary angiogram specialist and commenced a cardiac imaging fellowship, focusing on stress echocardiography. Kris then undertook an advanced echocardiography fellowship at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, a world-renowned centre for heart valve innovation. He currently works as clinical lead of echocardiography at The Canberra Hospital, where he introduced the use of contrast and strain, 3D transoesophageal, and exercise and dobutamine stress echocardiography.

He is dedicated to practising cardiology according to world's best practice and international guidelines. He attends several national and international conferences every year, and undertakes a rigorous self-education program. Kris was awarded special competence in adult echocardiography by the American National Board of Echocardiography. He has been certified as a Diplomate in echocardiography by the American National Board of Echocardiography and was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography in recognition of his expertise and extraordinary commitment to cardiovascular ultrasound. He is committed to ongoing teaching and research, his work has been published in international and national journals.

In his spare time, Kris loves spending time with his wife and son, as well as cycling, skiing, landscape photography, practising yoga and perfecting the art of making coffee.

For more information on Dr Kris Nowakowski and the services he offers, please see his personal website at www.drkris.com.au

Dr Ala Mustafa
Paediatric Cardiologist

MD, FRACP, MRCPCH

Dr Ala Mustafa and his family relocated to Canberra in 2019 to support the paediatric department at Calvary Hospital and Canberra Hospital during the peak of the pandemic. After falling in love with this city, he made the decision to stay on and make Canberra his home.

Dr Mustafa completed his medical degree MD in Jerusalem. He has completed his internship, residency and basic paediatric training in London and Qatar. He then moved to Australia in 2010 to complete 4 years of advance training in paediatric at Sydney Children Hospital. He has completed 7 years of training in the field of paediatric cardiology at Hadassah University hospital in Jerusalem, Monash Heart, Royal Children Hospital in Melbourne as well as Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr Mustafa has just returned from London after spending time at world’s prestigious Great Ormond Street Hospital to gain state of art new advances in diagnosing children with complex heart disease.

Dr Mustafa has specialised in congenital and acquired heart diseases in children with a special interest in paediatric echocardiography.

Children are not small adults, and their health care needs, especially cardiac concerns, should be diagnosed and treated by specialists who understand the needs of children. He is dedicated in providing the least invasive and most advanced treatment for heart-related problems in children.

Dr Mustafa is the first paediatric cardiologist to be based in Canberra. The team at Canberra Heart Clinic is proud to have him join us.

Dr Quinton Yang
General Cardiologist

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Dr Quinton Jia Qi Yang fell in love with Canberra with his young family of three, after commencing his professional career for the Canberra Health Services in 2019. His family escaped the busy city life of Sydney to practice the art of holistic care. He is a passionate advocate of patient-centered care and engages with educating patients in all facets of their cardiovascular health.  

Dr Yang has completed six years of his medical training in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and graduated with academic honours. He has completed his internship, residency and basic physician's training at St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital, in Sydney, as well as 3 other regional hospitals.

Dr Yang focused his career on cardiology shortly after being personally affected by a sudden cardiac event in his family. Deeply affected by the insidious nature of this illness, Dr Yang practiced cardiovascular medicine in many parts of rural NSW to promote the issue of health literacy, access, and preventive medicine. He feels very privileged to have worked in remote hospitals in the regions of Shoalhaven, Wagga Wagga and Coffs Harbour. He has gained a wide range of experience in managing cardiovascular conditions, such as coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and heart failure in the rural practice. Dr Yang followed on to specialise in cardiology training from 2018, initially in Sydney at the Sutherland Hospital, then followed on for 3 years at Canberra Health Services between 2019 to 2021. He was awarded Dr William Coupland Award for being the best physician trainee in 2019 by the Canberra Hospital. He is a valued member of the Canberra cardiology department, and has many insights into the service delivery of the public health care system. His future goal is to provide specialist cardiac services to regional centres around Canberra. His mission is to equalize cardiovascular care between local and regional areas. Dr Yang also hopes to bring digital health for patients with early onset coronary artery disease, cardiac failure and patients with chronic breathlessness.

Dr Yang brought his family (his wife and their young daughter), with new energy to the lovely community of Canberra. He enjoys cycling, the zoo with his daughter, and spending time with his extended family. He is actively engaged in educating medical students and junior doctors at both Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital in Bruce.

Dr Ata Rehman
Echocardiologist and General Physician

MBBS, FRACP, DDU (Cardiology)

Dr Rehman graduated MBBS from Pakistan and moved to the United Kingdom where he finished his internship. He then relocated to Australia and completed his fellowship in internal medicine in 2012.

Dr Rehman enjoys all aspects of medicine and especially cardiology and has worked as an internal medicine and preventative cardiology specialist for the last 7 years in Wollongong and Shellharbour. He recently finished his DDU (Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound) in cardiology.

His special interests are in echocardiography and all aspects of cardiovascular health including heart failure, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiomyopathies, and chronic complex patients. He is also an expert in peri-operative care. As a general physician, he provides holistic care for patients that have internal medicine problems. He is keen on commencing regional clinics and his expertise in general medicine will be a great asset to Canberra and the surrounding regions. Dr Rehman runs a hypertensive and chronic heart failure clinic in Shellharbour.