A/Prof Sara Hungerford

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Dr Sara Hungerford


Consultant Physician and Cardiologist

Dr Sara Hungerford is a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist. Dr Hungerford graduated in medicine from the University of NSW in 2009 and is currently completing her PhD at the University of New South Wales with the support of a Royal Australian College of Physicians Scholarship as well as an Australian Government Research Training program grant. Dr Hungerford completed her cardiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Hungerford has a keen academic focus and maintains an academic appointment at the University of New South Wales as a Conjoint Associate Lecturer. Dr Hungerford’s research seeks to better understand and predict the hemodynamic responses to transcatheter mitral and aortic valve implantation using non-invasive techniques such as two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, arterial tonometry and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. She has received numerous research grants and has several publications. Dr Hungerford’s research has been presented at various national conferences, including the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Conference and Structural Heart Disease Australia.

Dr Hungerford is highly skilled in advanced cardiac imaging including transthoracic echocardiography, stress echocardiography and transoeseophageal echocardiography, and uses novel cardiac MRI techniques as part of her research.

Away from medicine, Sara has competed as a professional first-class cricketer for many years. First class representative teams included the Sydney Sixers, ACT Meteors, Surrey cricket club, the Auckland Hearts, and the NSW Breakers.

Areas of Clinical Interest

Sub-specialty interests include structural heart disease assessment, cardiac imaging, and heart disease in women. She also has an interest in sports cardiology, having previously been a professional athlete with ongoing involvement in cardiovascular assessment for professional sports teams.