Meet The Team

James Blake - MBChB (Otago) FRACP FCSANZ

James is a General and Interventional Cardiologist. In addition to part-time private practice, James is a consultant cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital, and also holds a joint appointment as Clinical Senior Lecturer for Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago.

James graduated from University of Otago in 1996. He trained in Cardiology at Green Lane and Christchurch Hospitals before completing a two-year coronary, structural heart, and peripheral vascular interventional fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, USA.

James has special interest and expertise in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, hypertension, and risk factor management, including primary and secondary prevention. He also has additional training in the diagnosis and interventional management of peripheral arterial disease.

John Elliott - BMedSc, MB ChB, PhD, FRACP, FACC, FCSANZ

John Elliott is a General and Interventional cardiologist and has been in part-time private practice since 1996. He also holds joint appointments as an interventional cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital and as Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine.

He graduated from the University of Otago in 1979, completed his PhD and further clinical training in Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, then advanced training in cardiology at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, and his fellowship in interventional cardiology at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.  He returned to Christchurch in 1995. His clinical achievements include helping to establish the busy and successful angioplasty program at Christchurch Hospital, completion of multiple clinical audits, and ongoing research into novel cardiovascular medications and coronary stents. He served as Chairman of the New Zealand Committee of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2006 and 2007.

He has special interests and expertise in the investigation and treatment of angina, myocardial infarction, high blood pressure, and abnormal lipids.

John Lainchbury - MB ChB, MD, FRACP, FCSANZ

John is a consultant cardiologist with the Christchurch Heart Group and the Canterbury District Health Board. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine.  As well as general cardiology, John has subspecialty interests in echocardiography and adult congenital heart disease. After completing research in Christchurch on neurohormonal aspects of cardiac disease, he spent 2 years as a Research and Clinical Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. On returning to New Zealand he was the National Heart Foundation Senior Fellow prior to his current clinical appointment.

Iain Melton - MB ChB, FRACP, FCSANZ

Iain is a consultant cardiologist / cardiac electrophysiologist at Christchurch Hospital and with the Christchurch Heart Group. After training as a cardiologist in Christchurch Hospital, he undertook subspecialty training in Cardiac Electrophysiology at MCV Hospitals in the United States with Dr Kenneth Ellenbogen - a leading authority on cardiac pacing and device therapy. 

Iain’s speciality is the medical and interventional management of heart rhythm disorders. Particular areas of interest include atrial fibrillation, investigation of palpitations, ablation of abnormal heart rhythms, cardiac pacing / device therapy, and the management of syncope. In addition to these areas, he is active in all aspects of general cardiology.

Sue O’Malley - MB ChB (Otago), FRACP, FRCP

Sue is a cardiologist who consults in Christchurch as part of the Christchurch Heart Group. She has also conducts a weekly cardiology clinic in Wellington. She was appointed Clinical Leader in Nuclear Medicine at Christchurch Public hospital at the end of 2011. This has allowed development of a nuclear cardiology service and expansion of all nuclear medicine services.

Her interest has been in adult cardiology with a broad based diagnostic / management service. Her interest in imaging has extended across echocardiography, CT coronary angiography, selective coronary angiography, and nuclear cardiology. She has always enjoyed participating in patient investigation and discussion of management strategies. Sue has managed the care of patients with hypertension, heart failure, valvular heart disease and ischaemic heart disease.

Her basic training in New Zealand led on to a period of further training in London and Melbourne. She settled back in Christchurch since 2003. She is committed to the establishment of Christchurch Heart Group and its provision of specialist cardiology service to the Canterbury and wider community.

Richard Troughton - MB ChB, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ

Richard is a consultant cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital and with the Christchurch Heart Group. He also holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, and is actively involved in ongoing cardiovascular research and teaching. Richard has sub-specialty interests in cardiac imaging and echocardiography. He undertook his specialty training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the United States, and he has ongoing clinical and research collaboration with colleagues in both the United States and Europe.

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Dr Christina Chan - MBChB, FRACP MMedSci

Christina is a consultant cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital and with the Christchurch Heart Group.   She is a general cardiologist with subspecialty interests in echocardiography.  She graduated from University Of Otago in 2003.  After completing training as a cardiolgoist in Christchurch Hospital, she undertook further subspecialty training as an Echocardiology Fellow at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.  As well as clinical cardiology, Christina is a keen researcher, having recently completed a Master of Medical Science degree with University of Otago.  Her research area of interests is the effect of stress on hearts.


Dr Matt Daly MB ChB 2002 (Otago) FRACP 2010

Matt Daly is a consultant cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at Christchurch Hospital and with the Christchurch Heart Group. He completed general cardiology training in Christchurch and subspecialty training at l'hôpital cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque de Bordeaux-Pessac in France with Professor Michel Haïssaguerre, a pioneer in catheter treatment of heart rhythm disorders, particularly atrial fibrillation. In addition to general cardiology, Matt is a heart rhythm specialist whose interests include the investigation and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, unexplained syncope, palpitations, cardiac pacing and cardiac devices. He has a particular interest in catheter ablation of abnormal heart rhythms.

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