Dr Jonathan Lipton

Dr Jonathan Lipton is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Hobart Private Hospital. Dr Lipton also works at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is a senior clinical lecturer at the school of medicine of the University of Tasmania.

Dr Lipton specializes in managing patients with heart rhythm abnormalities including evaluation of patients with palpitations and loss of consciousness. Dr Lipton does implants and follow-up on devices including internal loop recorders, pacemakers, internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD) and biventricular pacing devices (Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy or CRT). Dr Lipton also performs electrophysiology procedures from simple diagnostic procedures and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ablations to complex arrhythmia including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. These procedures are done at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (though a Tasmanian location for these procedures is in the pipeline).

Dr Lipton trained in the Netherlands and Australia, completing his medical degree from the Leiden University in 2003. He completed specialty training in cardiology at the Erasmus Medical Center in 2013 and subsequently completed fellowships in cardiac electrophysiology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney (trained by Prof. Mark McGuire) and the Royal Melbourne Hospital (trained by Prof. Jon Kalman). He completed the graduate course by the Cardiac Electrophysiology Institute of Australasia and holds accreditation in cardiac electrophysiology and devices from the European Heart Rhythm Society.

During his medical and cardiology training he completed his PhD “Improving Quality of Care in Acute Cardiology”. The projects included transmitting ECGs from the ambulance to a cardiologists cell phone and implementing in-hospital strategies to reduce time to treatment in patients with acute myocardial infarction (mentored by Galen Wagner and Stafford Warren, Duke University); development and evaluation of an automated insulin protocol and the distribution of patient alarms in the intensive cardiac care unit (mentored by Maarten Simoons and Felix Zijlstra, Erasmus University).

His current research interests include evaluation of different ablation strategies during pulmonary vein isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation; evaluation of classification of early repolarization to improve identification of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death; implementation of new technologies such as wearable devices and smartphones to improve the quality of care in patients with heart rhythm disease and investigation of the burden of heart rhythm disease in Tasmania.

Dr Lipton is involved in the training of clinical staff at the Royal Hobart Hospital and medical students at the University of Tasmania, with a focus on heart rhythm disorders and cardiac anatomy. He presents regularly at national and international conferences and is a volunteer faculty for the International Research Interdisciplinary school, an initiative by medical journals to provide clinical research training workshops in Central Asia.

In his spare time he can be found cycling, running or hiking in the Tasmanian outdoors.