Our Team


Dr 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.


Dr 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.


Dr 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.


Dr 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.


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.


Dr David Smyth

Dr David Smyth has specific expertise in Interventional Cardiologist (stents) and Structural Heart Disease (Transcatheter Valves – TAVI).

He also has a wealth of experience in all forms of heart conditions gleaned since he was appointed a Consultant in 1992.

He trained in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London, and in Cardiology at the prestigious Kings College Hospital, London, before coming to New Zealand.
He has always been one of the top volume operators for stent procedures in the country.

He prides himself on his communication skills.

He continues to work at Christchurch Hospital and has held a number of leadership roles there.


Dr Aniket Puri

Aniket Puri is a Consultant General and Interventional Cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital. He has been in this role since 2012.

Aniket has been in Cardiology teaching and practice since 2003. He was an Associate Professor of Cardiology at King George’s Medical University, India before relocating to New Zealand. He trained in India in a high volume and highly competitive academic environment. He did Advance Coronary Intervention fellowships in at Asan Medical Centre, Korea and Waikato Hospital, New Zealand. He was awarded the Australia New Zealand Endovascular Therapies (ANZET) Best Fellow Prize in 2008. He continues to be involved with Research, Publications and Presentations with his main area of interest being Coronary Imaging and Physiology. Most recently he was awarded at Kobe, Japan in 2017, for his work on Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissections. He also holds Fellowships of American College of Cardiology (FACC) and Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI).

Dr Philip Adamson

Dr Sally Aldous

Sally is a General Cardiologist. In addition to part-time private practice, Sally is a consultant cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital. Sally graduated from University of Sheffield in the UK in 1998 and continued working in the UK for her general medical training.

Dr Philip Adamson

Dr Philip Adamson – BHB, MB ChB, PhD, MPH, FRACP, FCSANZ

Phil is a General and Interventional Cardiologist with specific expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and structural heart diseases. He performs complex coronary interventions (stents) and minimally-invasive procedures including transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVI) and patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure. He undertook the South Island’s first transcatheter mitral valve implantations.

Phil graduated from the University of Auckland and undertook his cardiology training at Christchurch Hospital. He continued with a further 6 years of fellowship training at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the UK focused on coronary and structural heart interventions. Whilst there, he undertook a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in advanced coronary artery imaging and since returning to NZ he has completed a Master of Public Health.

In addition to his part-time private practice he is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Christchurch Heart Institute at the University of Otago, and a Consultant Cardiologist for Canterbury District Health Board. He remains extensively involved in clinical research with over 100 publications and is the principal investigator for several large-scale studies funded by the NZ Health Research Council and the NZ Heart Foundation.

Dr Geoffrey Clare

Dr Geoffrey Clare

Geoff is a consultant cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at Christchurch Hospital and with
the Christchurch Heart Group. He also holds an appointment as a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the
Department of Medicine, University of Otago.

Geoff completed his cardiology training in Christchurch before undertaking fellowship training in
cardiac electrophysiology and device implantation at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, and
the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. He worked as a consultant in south Wales for 3 years before
returning to his current position at Christchurch Hospital in 2017.

His clinical practice covers the range of general cardiology, but he specialises in the diagnosis and
management of heart rhythm disorders including palpitations, SVTs, atrial fibrillation and syncope,
as well as having an interest in inherited cardiac conditions. He has extensive experience in the
catheter ablation of abnormal heart rhythms and the implantation of cardiac pacemakers.