Brendan McQuillan completed his undergraduate medical degree (MBBS) at The University of Western Australia. He worked as a junior doctor at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where he was actively involved in improving working conditions, serving as as president of the Resident Medical Officers’ Society and as its representative to the Hospital Clinical Association and the Australian Medical Association. He successfully completed examinations in internal medicine before undertaking three years full-time research with the Heart Research Institute of Western Australia. He completed his PhD in vascular biology, studying novel risk factors for atherosclerosis.
He presented as a finalist for the Advanced Trainees prize sessions at the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has published over 30 papers in peer reviewed international medical journals. Following advanced training in cardiology he entered the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He then accepted a position as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University and completed two years of subspeciality training in echocardiography at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is currently an Associate Professor in cardiology at The University of Western Australia and head of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Unit of the School of Medicine and Pharmacology. He is a consultant cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Echocardiography Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
He has recently completed a three year term as director of clinical training for the resident medical officers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and has ongoing research interests in genetic epidemiology, inflammatory pathways in atherosclerosis and the metabolic syndrome.
He maintains active involvement in the supervision and training of junior doctors and medical students at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco. His clinical focus and interest in echocardiography includes performance and reporting of exercise stress echocardiograms as well as transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography.