Dr Rachael Cordina

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Medicine, Central Clinical School

Telephone 02 9515 6111
Fax 02 9550 6262

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Biographical details

Rachael Cordina is a Staff Specialist in Cardiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney with a special interest in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. She spent 2 years in London, UK at the Heart and Royal Brompton Hospitals undertaking clinical and echocardiographic ACHD fellowships after completing her PhD studies through the University of Sydney focused on pathophysiology in adults with complex congenital heart disease.

Research interests

Clinical research

Adult Cogenital Heart Disease

The Fontan circulation

General cardiology

Pregnancy

Echocardiography

Exercise physiology and training

Vascular function

Awards and honours

Peter Bancroft Award for PhD Thesis, Sydney Medical School 2014

Winner of Young Investigator Award for Cardiovascular Disease in the Young Council, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012

The Australian Medical Association Prize for General Practice 2001

The University of NSW Paediatric Staff Prize for Outstanding Performance 2001

Selected grants

2015

  • Characterisation of cardiovascular risk and coronary artery disease in adults with repaired coarctation; Cordina R; Sydney Medical School/Kickstart Grant.

2010

  • Eyes, endothelial function and exercise performance in cyanotic congenital heart disease; Celermajer D, Cordina R; Sydney South West Area Health Service/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Moore, B., Anderson, R., Nisbet, A., Kalla, M., du Plessis, K., d'Udekem, Y., Bullock, A., Cordina, R., Grigg, L., Celermajer, D., McGuire, M., et al (2018). Ablation of Atrial Arrhythmias After the Atriopulmonary Fontan Procedure: Mechanisms of Arrhythmia and Outcomes. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 4(10), 1338-1346. [More Information]
  • Yu, C., Moore, B., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Causes of death in a contemporary adult congenital heart disease cohort. Heart, 104(20), 1678-1682. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Zannino, D., du Plessis, K., Bullock, A., Disney, P., Radford, D., Hornung, T., Grigg, L., Cordina, R., d'Udekem, Y., Celermajer, D. (2018). Clinical Outcomes in Adolescents and Adults After the Fontan Procedure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 71(9), 1009-1017. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Ministeri, M., Babu-Narayan, S., Ladouceur, M., Celermajer, D., Gatzoulis, M., Uebing, A., Li, W. (2018). Evaluation of the relationship between ventricular end-diastolic pressure and echocardiographic measures of diastolic function in adults with a Fontan circulation. International Journal of Cardiology, 259, 71-75. [More Information]
  • Lal, S., Kotchetkova, I., Cao, J., Jackson, D., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Heart failure admissions and poor subsequent outcomes in adults with congenital heart disease. European Journal of Heart Failure, 20(4), 812-815. [More Information]
  • Moore, B., Yu, C., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Incidence and clinical characteristics of sudden cardiac death in adult congenital heart disease. International Journal of Cardiology, 254, 101-106. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Long-Term Follow-up of Adults Following the Atrial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries - A Contemporary Cohort. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27, 1011-1017. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Long-Term Follow-up of Adults Following the Atrial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries � A Contemporary Cohort. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27(8), 1011-1017. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D., d�Udekem, Y. (2018). Lower limb exercise generates pulsatile flow into the pulmonary vascular bed in the setting of the Fontan circulation. Cardiology in the Young, 28(5), 732-733. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Ahmad, S., Kotchetkova, I., Eveborn, G., Pressley, L., Ayer, J., Chard, R., Tanous, D., Robinson, P., Kilian, J., Celermajer, D., et al (2018). Management errors in adults with congenital heart disease: prevalence, sources, and consequences. European Heart Journal, 39(12), 982-989. [More Information]
  • Tran, D., Lau, E., Celermajer, D., Davis, G., Cordina, R. (2018). Pathophysiology of exercise intolerance in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Respirology, 23(2), 148-159. [More Information]
  • Moroney, E., Posma, E., Dennis, A., d�Udekem, Y., Cordina, R., Zentner, D. (2018). Pregnancy in a woman with a Fontan circulation: A review. Obstetric Medicine, 11(1), 6-11. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., du Plessis, K., Tran, D., d'Udekem, Y. (2018). Super-Fontan: Is it possible? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 155(3), 1192-1194. [More Information]
  • Arnott, C., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). The Echocardiographic Characteristics and Prognostic Significance of Pericardial Effusions in Eisenmenger Syndrome. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27(3), 394-396. [More Information]
  • Nasir-Ahmad, S., Cordina, R., Liew, G., McCluskey, P., Celermajer, D. (2018). The eye in CHD. Cardiology in the Young, 28(8), 981-985. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Moore, B., Kotchetkova, I., Pressley, L., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2017). Adults with repaired tetralogy: Low mortality but high morbidity up to middle age. Open Heart, 4(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Moonen, A., Garsia, R., Youssef, P., Torzillo, P., Corte, T., Boehm, C., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D., Lau, E. (2017). Outcomes of pulmonary arterial hypertension therapy in Australia: is monotherapy adequate? Internal Medicine Journal, 47(10), 1124-1128. [More Information]
  • Poh, C., Zannino, D., Weintraub, R., Winlaw, D., Grigg, L., Cordina, R., Hornung, T., Bullock, A., Justo, R., Gentles, T., Celermajer, D., et al (2017). Three decades later: The fate of the population of patients who underwent the Atriopulmonary Fontan procedure. International Journal of Cardiology, 231, 99-104. [More Information]
  • Wilson, T., Shi, W., Lyengar, A., Winlaw, D., Cordina, R., Wheaton, G., Bullock, A., Gentles, T., Weintraub, R., Justo, R., et al (2017). Twenty-Five Year Outcomes of the Lateral Tunnel Fontan Procedure. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 29(3), 347-353. [More Information]
  • Celermajer, D., Strange, G., Cordina, R., Selbie, L., Sholler, G., Winlaw, D., Alphonso, N., Justo, R., Nicholae, M., Kasparian, N., et al (2016). Congenital Heart Disease Requires a Lifetime Continuum of Care: A call for a Regional Registry. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 25(8), 750-754. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Leaney, J., Golzan, S., Grieve, S., Celermajer, D., Graham, S. (2015). Ophthalmological consequences of cyanotic congenital heart disease: vascular parameters and nerve fibre layer. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(2), 115-123. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Nakhla, S., O'Meagher, S., Leaney, J., Graham, S., Celermajer, D. (2015). Widespread endotheliopathy in adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 25(3), 511-519. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Grieve, S., Barnett, M., Lagopoulos, J., Malitz, N., Celermajer, D. (2014). Brain volumetric, regional cortical thickness and radiographic findings in adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease. NeuroImage: Clinical, 4, 319-325. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., O'Meagher, S., Karmali, A., Rae, C., Liess, C., Kemp, G., Puranik, R., Singh, N., Celermajer, D. (2013). Resistance training improves cardiac output, exercise capacity and tolerance to positive airway pressure in Fontan physiology. International Journal of Cardiology, 168(2), 780-788. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., O'Meagher, S., Gould, H., Rae, C., Kemp, G., Pasco, J., Celermajer, D. (2013). Skeletal muscle abnormalities and exercise capacity in adults with a Fontan circulation. Heart, 99(20), 1530-1534. [More Information]
  • Golzan, S., Leaney, J., Cordina, R., Avolio, A., Celermajer, D., Graham, S. (2012). Spontaneous retinal venous pulsatility in patients with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Heart and Vessels: an international journal, 27(6), 618-623. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D., McGuire, M. (2012). Systemic venous anatomy in congenital heart disease: implications for electrophysiologic testing and catheter ablation. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, 33(2), 143-149. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2010). Chronic cyanosis and vascular function: implications for patients with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 20(3), 242-53. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2010). Late-Onset Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension After a Successful Atrial or Arterial Switch Procedure for Transposition of the Great Arteries. Pediatric Cardiology, 31(2), 238-241. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2010). Therapeutic approaches in adults with congenital heart disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. European Respiratory Review, 19(118), 300-307. [More Information]

2018

  • Moore, B., Anderson, R., Nisbet, A., Kalla, M., du Plessis, K., d'Udekem, Y., Bullock, A., Cordina, R., Grigg, L., Celermajer, D., McGuire, M., et al (2018). Ablation of Atrial Arrhythmias After the Atriopulmonary Fontan Procedure: Mechanisms of Arrhythmia and Outcomes. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 4(10), 1338-1346. [More Information]
  • Yu, C., Moore, B., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Causes of death in a contemporary adult congenital heart disease cohort. Heart, 104(20), 1678-1682. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Zannino, D., du Plessis, K., Bullock, A., Disney, P., Radford, D., Hornung, T., Grigg, L., Cordina, R., d'Udekem, Y., Celermajer, D. (2018). Clinical Outcomes in Adolescents and Adults After the Fontan Procedure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 71(9), 1009-1017. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Ministeri, M., Babu-Narayan, S., Ladouceur, M., Celermajer, D., Gatzoulis, M., Uebing, A., Li, W. (2018). Evaluation of the relationship between ventricular end-diastolic pressure and echocardiographic measures of diastolic function in adults with a Fontan circulation. International Journal of Cardiology, 259, 71-75. [More Information]
  • Lal, S., Kotchetkova, I., Cao, J., Jackson, D., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Heart failure admissions and poor subsequent outcomes in adults with congenital heart disease. European Journal of Heart Failure, 20(4), 812-815. [More Information]
  • Moore, B., Yu, C., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Incidence and clinical characteristics of sudden cardiac death in adult congenital heart disease. International Journal of Cardiology, 254, 101-106. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Long-Term Follow-up of Adults Following the Atrial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries - A Contemporary Cohort. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27, 1011-1017. [More Information]
  • Dennis, M., Kotchetkova, I., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). Long-Term Follow-up of Adults Following the Atrial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries � A Contemporary Cohort. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27(8), 1011-1017. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D., d�Udekem, Y. (2018). Lower limb exercise generates pulsatile flow into the pulmonary vascular bed in the setting of the Fontan circulation. Cardiology in the Young, 28(5), 732-733. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Ahmad, S., Kotchetkova, I., Eveborn, G., Pressley, L., Ayer, J., Chard, R., Tanous, D., Robinson, P., Kilian, J., Celermajer, D., et al (2018). Management errors in adults with congenital heart disease: prevalence, sources, and consequences. European Heart Journal, 39(12), 982-989. [More Information]
  • Tran, D., Lau, E., Celermajer, D., Davis, G., Cordina, R. (2018). Pathophysiology of exercise intolerance in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Respirology, 23(2), 148-159. [More Information]
  • Moroney, E., Posma, E., Dennis, A., d�Udekem, Y., Cordina, R., Zentner, D. (2018). Pregnancy in a woman with a Fontan circulation: A review. Obstetric Medicine, 11(1), 6-11. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., du Plessis, K., Tran, D., d'Udekem, Y. (2018). Super-Fontan: Is it possible? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 155(3), 1192-1194. [More Information]
  • Arnott, C., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2018). The Echocardiographic Characteristics and Prognostic Significance of Pericardial Effusions in Eisenmenger Syndrome. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27(3), 394-396. [More Information]
  • Nasir-Ahmad, S., Cordina, R., Liew, G., McCluskey, P., Celermajer, D. (2018). The eye in CHD. Cardiology in the Young, 28(8), 981-985. [More Information]

2017

  • Dennis, M., Moore, B., Kotchetkova, I., Pressley, L., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2017). Adults with repaired tetralogy: Low mortality but high morbidity up to middle age. Open Heart, 4(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Moonen, A., Garsia, R., Youssef, P., Torzillo, P., Corte, T., Boehm, C., Cordina, R., Celermajer, D., Lau, E. (2017). Outcomes of pulmonary arterial hypertension therapy in Australia: is monotherapy adequate? Internal Medicine Journal, 47(10), 1124-1128. [More Information]
  • Poh, C., Zannino, D., Weintraub, R., Winlaw, D., Grigg, L., Cordina, R., Hornung, T., Bullock, A., Justo, R., Gentles, T., Celermajer, D., et al (2017). Three decades later: The fate of the population of patients who underwent the Atriopulmonary Fontan procedure. International Journal of Cardiology, 231, 99-104. [More Information]
  • Wilson, T., Shi, W., Lyengar, A., Winlaw, D., Cordina, R., Wheaton, G., Bullock, A., Gentles, T., Weintraub, R., Justo, R., et al (2017). Twenty-Five Year Outcomes of the Lateral Tunnel Fontan Procedure. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 29(3), 347-353. [More Information]

2016

  • Celermajer, D., Strange, G., Cordina, R., Selbie, L., Sholler, G., Winlaw, D., Alphonso, N., Justo, R., Nicholae, M., Kasparian, N., et al (2016). Congenital Heart Disease Requires a Lifetime Continuum of Care: A call for a Regional Registry. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 25(8), 750-754. [More Information]

2015

  • Cordina, R., Leaney, J., Golzan, S., Grieve, S., Celermajer, D., Graham, S. (2015). Ophthalmological consequences of cyanotic congenital heart disease: vascular parameters and nerve fibre layer. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(2), 115-123. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Nakhla, S., O'Meagher, S., Leaney, J., Graham, S., Celermajer, D. (2015). Widespread endotheliopathy in adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 25(3), 511-519. [More Information]

2014

  • Cordina, R., Grieve, S., Barnett, M., Lagopoulos, J., Malitz, N., Celermajer, D. (2014). Brain volumetric, regional cortical thickness and radiographic findings in adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease. NeuroImage: Clinical, 4, 319-325. [More Information]

2013

  • Cordina, R., O'Meagher, S., Karmali, A., Rae, C., Liess, C., Kemp, G., Puranik, R., Singh, N., Celermajer, D. (2013). Resistance training improves cardiac output, exercise capacity and tolerance to positive airway pressure in Fontan physiology. International Journal of Cardiology, 168(2), 780-788. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., O'Meagher, S., Gould, H., Rae, C., Kemp, G., Pasco, J., Celermajer, D. (2013). Skeletal muscle abnormalities and exercise capacity in adults with a Fontan circulation. Heart, 99(20), 1530-1534. [More Information]

2012

  • Golzan, S., Leaney, J., Cordina, R., Avolio, A., Celermajer, D., Graham, S. (2012). Spontaneous retinal venous pulsatility in patients with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Heart and Vessels: an international journal, 27(6), 618-623. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D., McGuire, M. (2012). Systemic venous anatomy in congenital heart disease: implications for electrophysiologic testing and catheter ablation. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, 33(2), 143-149. [More Information]

2010

  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2010). Chronic cyanosis and vascular function: implications for patients with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 20(3), 242-53. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2010). Late-Onset Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension After a Successful Atrial or Arterial Switch Procedure for Transposition of the Great Arteries. Pediatric Cardiology, 31(2), 238-241. [More Information]
  • Cordina, R., Celermajer, D. (2010). Therapeutic approaches in adults with congenital heart disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. European Respiratory Review, 19(118), 300-307. [More Information]

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