Prof. Jon Kalman

An internationally respected Electrophysiologist, Professor Jonathan Kalman is one of the leading heart rhythm experts in Australia. Professor Kalman is head of the Royal Melbourne Heart Rhythm department which is internationally renowned for the high quality of clinical medicine and investigative research performed.

Professor Kalman performed the first curative ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation in Australia in 1997 and his department has now performed over 2000 ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation. The department has previously published their excellent success and safety record in international journals. The department has 2 electrophysiology laboratories dedicated to performing catheter ablation procedures on a daily basis. Professor Kalman performs all types of ablation procedures from the most simple to the most complex and regularly performs procedures that have failed elsewhere.

Professor Kalman is internationally recognized as one of the world leading researchers in the field of heart rhythm disturbances and has been instrumental in describing the mechanism of these arrhythmias and the approach to cure.  Professor Kalman is a highly sought after international speaker; is on the editorial board of 7 major international journals and has over 250 research publications, many in the most highly cited journals in cardiology such as Circulation and The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Many of these articles are regularly referenced as being seminal to the field of understanding of atrial arrhythmias and methods for their correction.

Professor Kalman's influence was acknowledged by his peers with the bestowing of the Eric Susman Prize in 2006, an award by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians for best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine. In 2014, Professor Kalman received from the Minister for Health, a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Excellence Award as the leading Practitioner Fellow in Australia.

Professor Kalman is currently the Scientific Chair of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and also the Scientific Chair of the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists, and a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He is Professor of Medicine at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne where he has made his unit a center of clinical, teaching and research excellence in Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

Professor Kalman has trained many of the leading heart rhythm experts in Australia including Professor Prash Sanders (Adelaide), Associate Professor Peter Kistler, Dr. Paul Sparks, Dr. Joe Morton, Professor Andrew McGavigan (Adelaide), Dr. Suresh Singarayar (Sydney), Dr. Geoff Lee, Dr. Kurt Roberts-Thomson (Adelaide), Dr. Haris Haqqani (Brisbane), Dr. Irene Stevenson, Dr. Andrew Teh, Dr. Michael Wong, Dr. Han Ling and Dr. Saurabh Kumar. He has also trained over 15 heart rhythm experts from the United Kingdom and his program is highly sought after internationally.


Private Consulting Rooms:

Melbourne Heart Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Royal Parade
Parkville Victoria 3050

Phone: (03) 9349 5400 (PA - Sally Diamond)
Fax: (03) 9349 5411



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Melbourne Heart Rhythm has an international reputation as one of the centers of excellence in cardiac arrhythmia research in Australasia and the world.

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About Us


Melbourne Heart Rhythm is the arrhythmia service at the Department of Cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. We are comprised of a team of highly trained and dedicated health care professionals specializing in heart rhythm management. We have a strong focus on patient education and patient centered care. Our arrhythmia specialists have an international reputation of excellence in arrhythmia research and clinical arrhythmia management.