Dr John Counsell (General Physician)

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Dr John Turner Counsell
MBBS 1968
General Physician
Medical Specialties
Internal Medicine

John's first cardiology training was undertaken at Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne.

This was followed by two years as cardiology fellow at Montreal General Hospital, with time spent in angiography, early echocardiography and research interest in unstable angina and beta blockers.

On return to Melbourne, John commenced practice in Dandenong incorporating echo and stress testing. This was the first cardiology practice for the area.

He was subsequently appointed director of the newly created Coronary Care Unit at Dandenong Hospital – a position he held for 25 years. Here he consolidated his active interest in acute coronary syndromes and fostered the unit’s involvement in research.

As principal investigator for the Dandenong site, he and his now longstanding practice nurse Marianne Martin ran research programs involving:

• a number of large multi-centre thrombolytic trials; • several ACE inhibitor trials; and • a major contribution to the Australasian LIPID cholesterol lowering trial with a statin.

The outpatient component of this research was mainly run through the Dandenong Cardiology Group’s King Street clinic.

In the last decade John has had a growing interest in heart failure management but continues an active practice in general cardiology, contributing to the delivery of echocardiogram, stress echocardiogram and exercise stress testing. Cardiovascular monitoring (Holter and blood pressure) is run in co-operation with Marianne Martin under the banner of “PACE Monitoring”.

John attends heart failure clinics at Casey Hospital and St John of God Hospital (Berwick) and can facilitate admissions required for inpatient management of chronic heart failure to either of these hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations
St John of God Berwick Hospital
Dandenong Campus
Affiliated Clinics
Australian Cardiovascular Specialists

Practice Locations


Australian Cardiovascular Specialists
35 King Street
Dandenong VIC 3175 
03 9791 3811
03 9791 4262
St John of God Berwick Hospital
Ground Floor
75 Kangan Drive
Berwick Australia
03 8784 5600
03 8784 5650