Koert De WaalPhD
Dr Koert de Waal is a full-time neonatal clinician with long-standing interest in clinical research. His track record started in the Academic Centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and continued as post graduate fellowship in Sydney, in order to learn functional echocardiography in neonates with world leaders in the field. His PhD focused on functional echocardiography of the newborn with emphasis on heart-lung interactions, and was completed after his move to Newcastle. Here he continued his work as clinician, mentor and researcher. He provides courses in neonatal ultrasound for local fellows, who help collect valuable data of cardiac function and development in newborn infants as part of their PhD. Dr de Waal has been involved in several national multicentre studies on neonatal hemodynamics and brain function as site chief investigator. He has published in numerous peer reviewed journals in his field and his work has led to several national and international speaking invitations. Improving understanding of newborn hemodynamics remains his main research goal.