Our Team

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A/Prof Sumit Yadav

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

A/Prof Sumit Yadav is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at The Mater Hospital in Townsville. He is a Supervisor of training for Cardiothoracic Surgery with RACS. He is a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University and a committee member for ANZCTS database. A/Prof Yadav specialises in heart and lung surgery performing up to 225 cardiac procedures and 150 lung operations each year.

A/Prof Yadav completed his training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Fremantle Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth and later moved to The Prince Charles Hospital Brisbane for experience in cardiac transplant. He became a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007.

A/Prof Yadav spent time in Universitat Leipzig Herzzentrum (University of Leipzig Heart Centre) in Leipzig, Germany in 2012 learning minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. He has been performing this surgery with an experienced team at The Townsville Hospital since October 2012.

A/Prof Yadav's surgical interests include minimally invasive mitral valve and aortic valve surgery including sutureless valves. He is also a minimally invasive thoracic surgeon doing VATS lobectomies. He is an author of peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to the chapter in the textbook. He is a reviewer for a number of international peer-reviewed journals.


Dr Bruce Todd

Anaesthetist & Perfusionist

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Dr Roslyn Shaw

Anaesthetist & Perfusionist

Dr Shaw is an anaesthetist in both private and public practice. She has a visiting medical officer appointment with Mater Health Services North Queensland, The Townsville Hospital and Townsville Day Surgery and teaches within the Department of Medicine, James Cook University. Dr Shaw is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion (ASMP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA). She is an ANZCA Specialised Study Unit Supervisor for anaesthetic trainees at The Townsville Hospital and a member of the ANZCA Queensland Committee.

Dr Shaw has an interest in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, medical perfusion and perioperative transoesophageal echocardiography. She graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours in 1995 and completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in 1992. Dr Shaw’s interest in cardiothoracic anaesthesia began during her anaesthetic training in Brisbane at the Princess Alexandra and Prince Charles Hospitals. Her Fellowship in anaesthesia was completed at the Prince Charles Hospital in 2002 and she has subsequently worked in public and private hospitals in Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville. Dr Shaw is involved in ongoing research and education. In 2019 she successfully completed the examination of special competence in advanced perioperative echocardiography with the US National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr Shaw’s early years were spent in rural and remote areas of North Queensland. This has shaped her subsequent commitment to the provision of services in the region.


Dr Sadhish Shanmugam


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Dr Angela Egan

Dr Angela Egan

Surgical Assistant

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Dr Amit Nigam

Nephrologist & General Physician

Amit completed his specialist training in Queensland (Townsville, Cairns & Brisbane). His special interests include Chronic Kidney Disease & Haemodialysis, Hypertension, Type II Diabetes, Electrolyte Disorders, Metabolic Bone Disease & Hyperhidrosis.


Reagen Sullivan

Cardiovascular Perfusionist

Reagen is a Cardiovascular Perfusionist within private and public practice. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiology + Pharmacology) and Masters degree at James Cook University before attaining her qualification in Clinical Cardiovascular Perfusion whilst at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. During her years at the Alfred Hospital, Reagen gained proficiency in adult heart and lung transplantation, paediatric lung transplantation, ECMO, VADs, IABPs, XVivo and Cell Salvage. She has worked in regional and major tertiary hospitals across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Reagen’s clinical interests include ECMO and minimal invasive extracorporeal circulation technology. In addition to cardiothoracics, she is actively involved in the surgical specialties of hepatology and urology performing cell salvage for high risk surgical cases.

Reagen is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Cardiovascular Perfusionists (ANZCP) and the Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP). Reagen has a dedication and commitment to offering the best possible health care to all patients within her care.


Melissa Smith

Practice Manager

Melissa is the practice manager at Touch of Life Heart Lung Surgery and your first point of contact. She is responsible for the overall running of the practice and ensuring all patients receive the best possible care.


Mater Hospital

Doctors & Nurses

During your stay at the Mater Hospital you will receive support and care from highly skilled Doctors and Nursing Staff.

Theatre Nurses: Our theatre nurses are an integral part of the surgical team. They work closely with the other members of the team including the surgeon, surgical assistant and anaesthetist.

Cardiac Nurses:  The cardiac nurses provide care both prior to and following your surgery. They work alongside the Doctors involved in your treatment.  The ward nurses are the main point of contact for patients.

ICU Doctors: You may spend sometime in the intensive care unit (ICU) following your procedure. The Doctors and Nursing staff in ICU will provide around the clock support until you are well enough to return to the cardiac ward.

Intern Doctors: The Mater Hospital is affiliated with the James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry and provides intern placements throughout the year. Interns rotate every three months. Throughout your admission, the intern work closely with your Doctors to provide ongoing care during your admission.