Clinics & services

Heart surgery

Heart surgery

We care for and treat people with heart disease requiring surgery.

About us

We are a leading-edge heart surgery team providing state of the art care for our patients and their families.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Advanced aortic and mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve, tricuspid valve and ASD surgery
  • Comprehensive care of acute and chronic thoracic aortic disease including both open and stent graft repairs

We also support patients in intensive care who are on life support with ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation).

We provide support to other hospitals and specialists with our multi-disciplinary aortic surgery advisory service.

Our clinics

We run weekly clinics in person or using Telehealth.

Our clinics are run at Austin Hospital, Level 5 Harold Stokes Building.

Head of Unit

A/Prof Siven Seevanayagam


For patients

You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.

If you have been referred to us from another hospital, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

For health professionals

Doctors can refer their patient to this service in several ways:

  • Outpatients - find out how to refer to our Specialist Clinics
  • Direct to the Cardiac Surgery Department – Fax to 03 9459 6220
  • Inpatients - request to admit your patient to hospital under the care of this service

Requests for an admission indicates a high degree of medical urgency. These requests should be directed to the Cardiac Surgery Registrar on call.

Phone: 0431 658 789 (during business hours)

After hours, call the Austin switchboard on 03 9496 5000

Address referrals to:

A/Prof. Siven Seevanayagam
Director Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Austin Hospital
Level 5, Harold Stokes Building
145 Studley Road, Heidelberg, VIC 3084

What you need to bring

Every time you come

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame

For your clinic appointment

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • TAC or Workcover claim number (if relevant)

For your day procedure

  • Responsible adult carer to stay with you to hear instructions, help you and take you home
  • Comfortable day clothes, such as a tracksuit

Our location

You will have your surgery at the Austin Hospital.

Check the information you have received to make sure you know where to got. If you are unsure, call your surgical liaison nurse or contact us on the numbers below.

Austin Hospital

The Surgery & Endoscopy Centre
Level 2, Austin Tower
145 Studley Road Heidelberg

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Contact us

Cardiac Surgery

For clinic appointments

Contact Specialist Clinics

For enquiries about your surgery

Coordinator: 03 9496 3019

Liaison Nurse: 03 9496 3603

Phone Toll Free (for regional patients): 1800 134 864 and ask to be re-directed to the above numbers

Open hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm 


Cardiac Surgery Department
Austin Hospital
Level 5, Harold Stokes Building
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg VIC 3084

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