David is a Specialist Imaging Cardiologist and he consults in Breathlessness, CV Risk Assessment, Heart Failure and Valvular Heart Disease. Performs Transesophageal Echocardiograms and Right Heart Catheters. Specialist in big data research and cardiac outcomes.
His clinical cardiology interests are general cardiology, cardiac risk assessment, breathlessness and pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and valvular heart disease. David is dual FRACP-trained in General Medicine and Cardiology, and is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, the American College of Cardiology, the and the European Society of Cardiology.
In addition, David provides a subspecialist service in CardioOncology which involves careful attention to cardiac function throughout potentially cardio-toxic chemotherapy, to enable successful delivery of treatment without interruption. His CardioOncology practice is located at Hollywood Private Hospital.
Teaching & Research
Professor David Playford is the Professor of Cardiology at the University of Notre Dame, where he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and coordinates the undergraduate cardiovascular teaching program. David is a regular invited speaker to national and international conferences, where his research has recently attracted significant international attention. Until July 2019, David was the Professor and Director of Cardiology at the Mount Hospital, Perth.
From a research perspective, his Doctor of Philosophy examined vascular function, lipid abnormalities and diabetes, and he subsequently undertook echocardiography training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston USA. David is the Principal Investigator of the National Echo Database Australia (NEDA), the largest echo database in the world with links to mortality data. He also runs an artificial intelligence program focusing on automation of interpretation of echo and ECG data.