Meet the Cardiologists

The St Vincent’s Cardiology Service is supported by a collaborative network of experienced specialist and subspecialty cardiology service providers including Dr Bob Ayres from Downs Cardiac Clinic; Drs Roess Pascoe and Loretta Carr from Hearts 1st who provide diagnostic services as well as Dr Peter Moore, Dr Stephen Cox and Dr Tony Rafter from GenesisCare (formerly Heart Care Partners) who provide interventional services.

Dr Ryan Schrale (general and interventional cardiology) and Dr Caleb Mengle (pacemaker and general cardiology) provide general cardiology and interventional cardiology services including pacemakers.

Dr Fazlur Nadri (electrophysiology) and Dr Andrew Small (general and interventional cardiology) provide inpatient echo and other cardiac diagnostic services as well as interventional and pacemaker services.

Dr Ryan Schrale

Dr Ryan Schrale is a Cardiologist with a special interest in coronary artery disease including coronary stenting for acute coronary syndromes, valvular heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr Schrale is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, and undertook further training at the Flinders Medical Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford UK, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston USA. In 2019 he established the Toowoomba Cardiac Centre to provide high quality, world class local cardiology care for patients in our region.

Dr Caleb Mengel

Dr Caleb Mengel is a General Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist who specializes in the treatment of rhythm disorders and insertion of cardiac implantable devices (pacemakers and defibrillators). He is a local who completed his medical school training at the University of Queensland, Toowoomba campus, followed by physician and advanced training in cardiology at the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane. He underwent his fellowship in Electrophysiology at the Prince Charles Hospital and is an Associate Lecturer with the University of Queensland. He also is appointed as a Staff Specialist Cardiologist at the Toowoomba Base Hospital.

Dr Richard (Bob) Ayres

Dr Bob Ayres has a special interest in general cardiology, coronary angiography and echocardiography. Dr Ayres completed his advanced training in cardiology at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide before spending two years at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, USA. He commenced private practice in Toowoomba in 1993 and until 2002, travelled to The Wesley Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane to do coronary angiograms. Since this time coronary angiograms have been performed in Toowoomba.

Dr Roess Pascoe

Dr Roess Pascoe established Hearts 1st in 1999 to provide high quality, non-invasive cardiac testing for patients. He has a special interest in cutting-edge echocardiography technology and continues to apply these advancements to his clinical practice. Dr Pascoe completed his cardiology training at Prince Charles Hospital and continued as a consultant at Prince Charles and Royal Brisbane Hospital where he was responsible for initiating the RBH Transoesophageal Echo Service. Dr Pascoe then completed a two-year research fellowship in the USA at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr Loretta Carr

Dr Loretta Carr has specialised training in multi-modality cardiovascular imaging encompassing transthoracic echo, transoesophageal echo, exercise stress echo and dobutamine stress echo as well as cardiovascular CT and cardiac MRI. Dr Carr completed her training in cardiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s and the Princess Alexandra Hospitals. She then joined Hearts 1st where she completed a two-year echocardiography and cardiac imaging fellowship.

Dr Peter Moore

Dr Peter Moore is a cardiologist with subspecialty training in interventional cardiology. He graduated from the University of Queensland medical school with First Class Honours and a University Medal in 2008. He undertook his advanced training in Cardiology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, and attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2015. He subsequently undertook two interventional cardiology fellowships: at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane in 2016; and the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Victoria Heart Institute Foundation, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 2017-18. 

Dr Moore works from The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane and visits Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. 

Dr Stephen Cox

Dr Cox completed cardiology training in Brisbane and spent two years in Boston at the Lahey Clinic. His cardiac catheterisation skills include acute infarct angioplasty and elective stenting as well as the treatment of structural heart defects using closure devices (PFO,/ASD/VSD) and post-surgery paravalvular leaks). HeartCare Partners at the Wesley have commenced a percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR) Program and Dr Cox is part of that programme along with other HeartCare Partners cardiologists.

Dr Tony Rafter

Dr Rafter specialises in interventional cardiology and has a special interest in invasive assessment of functional ischaemia and intravascular imaging. He is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories at the Wesley Hospital and was involved in setting up the Trans Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)Program at The Wesley Hospital and remains an active member of the Structural Heart Team.