Associate Professor Clara Kayei Chow

Foundation Chapman Fellow
Medicine, Westmead Clinical School

C37 - The George Institute for International Health
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9993 4566

Biographical details

Dr. Clara Chow is a Staff Cardiologist at Westmead hospital, Associate Professor and Head of the Cardiac Program of research at the George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia in cardiovascular epidemiology and international public Health and a Postdoc from McMaster University, Canadain clinical trials and cardiac imaging. She is a NHMRC / National Heart Foundation Career Development Fellow and a Sydney Medical School Foundation Chapman Fellow. Her principal clinical interests are in cardiac imaging particularly cardiac CT and echo. The main focus of her research is cardiovascular disease prevention.

Research interests

Dr Clara Chow’s principal research interests are in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention both in Australia and globally. She leads a number of studies in Australia and overseas that extend from observational studies of cardiovascular disease determinants to clinical trials of simple interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease. She has worked in CVD prevention in low-income countries, particulalry India. She also has an interest in improving the management of those at high risk of CVD e.g. in CVD secondary prevention, patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery and populations with a family history of premature coronary disease.

Teaching areas

Dr Clara Chow supervises higher degree students as well as is involved in clinical teaching.

Current national competitive grants*


TEXTMEDS ¿ TEXT messages to improve MEDication adherence and Secondary prevention
Chow C, Brieger D, Hillis G, Redfern J, Turnbull F, Thiagalingam A, Barzi F, Rodgers A
National Health and Medical Research Council / Project Grant ($1,360,166 over 3 years)

Consumer Navigation of Electronic Cardiovascular Tools - The CONNECT study
Peiris D, Usherwood T, Harris M, Rodgers A, Hayman N, Panaretto K, Chow C, Redfern J, Lau A
National Health and Medical Research Council / Project Grant ($1,852,716 over 3 years)


Prevention in high cardiovascular risk populations
Chow C
NHMRC Career Development Fellowship ($391,076 over 4 years)


Improving Prevention of Cardiovascular disease in High Risk Populations
Chow C
Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Fellowship ($30,000 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

Canada. (Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University) Multiple collaborative projects in epidemiology and clinical trials. These include PURE, EPOCH, POISE 2, VISION..
India. (George Institute India) Collaborative projects in India, supervision of students, co-investigators on grant applicatinos.
United Kingdom. (London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine) Co-investigator on collaborative projects HITT (Health In Time of Transition). Funded by EU grant..