Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology Service

Contact information for Health Professionals

For general enquiries and advice about a child with a heart condition, the nurse specialists are available Monday to Friday during office hours: (09) 630 9972 or email

For general enquiries and advice about  an adult with a congenital heart condition, the nurse practitioner is available Monday to Friday during office hours: (09) 630 9949 or cellphone 027 2271400 or email

To contact a play specialist phone 021 2409638

For the National Cardiac Inherited Disease Registry Co-ordinator email

Other numbers:

General Queries (non clinical)(09) 307 4949 ext 23611 or email 
Hospital switchboard(09) 307 4949
Ward 23B(09) 630 9792
Starship children's heart clinic(09) 638 0422
Surgical bookings administrator(09) 6309946 or 021 915743 or email
Cardiac catheter bookings administrator(09) 6236496 or email
Electrophysiology/Echo bookings administrator(09) 307 4949 ext 23642 or email
Fetal medicine clinic(09) 6309949 ext. 24500
To phone in a home INR result(09) 3753411 Answerphone is cleared between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday


There is a login site to enter new cardiac referrals in to the Acute Cardiac Referrals Database. Follow this link to login.

Clinical Guidelines

Our guidelines are available via the Starship Guidelines.

Clinical pathways

The Paediatric Congenital and Cardiac Service Clinical Pathway Programme aims to incorporate evidence, best practice, and local expert knowledge to standardise care for a specific patient population.  The clinical pathways are living documents that can be adapted continuously to improve care by incorporating new evidence as well as improving patient outcomes. Our clinical pathway programme is an evolving process that is currently in the trial stage.  

Our clinical pathways are available via the Starship Guidelines. You can access a document on Cardiac Surgical Clinical Pathway Initiation and Adherence here.

Our History

From Green Lane Hospital to Starship Child Health

Green Lane Hospital evolved from an aged-care institution established in 1890 alongside Green Lane Road, Epsom, Auckland with money from an endowment by the wealthy Mr Costley. Tuberculosis (TB) 'shelters' were built in 1910. By 1916 nearly 150 TB patients were housed in the 'TB shelters'. The Auckland Hospital Board intended to add more wards... to increase the facilities for aged care. The advent of World War II changed priorities and a decision was made to commission medical and surgical beds for a new general hospital on the Green Lane site, which was opened in February 1943. The name changed to Green Lane Hospital in 1942.

The establishment of cardiac surgery at Green Lane has its origins in the development of thoracic surgery for the specialised treatment of tuberculosis and the need to collapse lungs with artificial pheumothorax or thoracoplasty to allow pulmonary TB to heal. Douglas Robb (later Sir Douglas) was recruited in 1942 as a thoracic surgeon and Dr Edward Roche joined in 1943 as part of the team needed for a general medical and surgical hospital. Edward Roche's specialist interest was in cardiac medicine and his arrival laid the foundations for a cardiac medical unit. At this time cardiac surgery for congenital defects such as patent ductus arteriosus (a condition in which a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus fails to close normally in an infant after birth), and for a coarctation of the aorta (A localised narrowing of the aorta) was developing in other parts of the world.

Soon after Douglas Robb's appointment, a decision was made for the Green Lane Thoracic Unit to also concentrate on the cardiac surgery needs of the country. A Department of Health Advisory Committee on thoracic surgery decided in 1955 that Green Lane would be recognised as the national cardiac surgical centre for New Zealand. Surgeons were poised for the era of open-heart surgery, which commenced at Green Lane in 1958.

The demand for cardiac surgery grew rapidly over the following decades. The need for increased space soon became urgent. Planning for health services in Auckland continued as the population grew. Green Lane was designated a specialist centre for cardiac surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine and otorhinolaryngology. (By 1997) it had become increasingly clear that paediatric and adult cardiac services needed to separate to maintain and ensure the quality of patient care for both adults and children. Cardiac services for children belonged with Starship Children's Hospital, which had opened on the Auckland Hospital site in 1991. Auckland District Health Board planning was underway for the complete reorganisation of health services for Auckland City and in December 2003, the Cardio-thoracic Surgical Unit (CTSU adult and paediatric services) moved to Auckland City Hospital.

(abridged from the preface of 'Hearts, Hands Minds: the Cardio-thoracic Nurses of Green Lane Hospital'. Authors: Margaret Horsburgh, Heather Spinetto, Judy Murphy, Jill Crawford, Rachel Donaldson and Sylvia Hilton. 2010, Dunmore Publishing Ltd, Wellington)

Our Team


Professor Tom GentlesPaediatric Cardiologist, Service Clinical DirectorAreas of interest:  Fetal cardiology 
Dr Tim HornungPaediatric and Adult Congenital CardiologistAreas of interest:  Adult Congenital Heart,
Cardiac MRI,  Marfans Disease 
Dr Judith MacCormickPaediatric CardiologistAreas of interest: Fetal cardiology, Cardiac imaging
Dr Clare O'DonnellPaediatric and Adult Congenital CardiologistAreas of interest: Adult Congenital Heart,
Pulmonary Hypertension, Interventional cardiology
Dr John WrightPaediatric Cardiologist Areas of interest: Interventional cardiac
Dr Kathryn RicePaediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist  
Dr John Stirling Paediatric Cardiologist Areas of interest: Interventional cardiac
Associate Professor  Nigel Wilson Paediatric Cardiologist Areas of interest: Rheumatic Fever, cardiac
Dr Luciana MarcondesPaediatric CardiologistAreas of interest: ACHD, cardiac arrhythmia 
Dr Kirsten FinucanePaediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief 
Dr Gemma PenfordPaediatric CardiologistAreas of interest: Cardiac catheterisation & Interventions
Dr Bryan MitchelsonPaediatric Cardiologist 
Dr Ajay IyengarPaediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon 
Dr Johann BrinkPaediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon 
Dr Boris LoweAdult Congenital Cardiologist 
Dr Ivor GerberAdult Congenital Cardiologist 
Dr Chethan PrabhakarAdult Congenital Cardiologist 



Dawn TuckerNurse Unit Manager
Jane HannahACHD Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie JonesACHD Nurse Specialist
Christine ArmstrongACHD Nurse Specialist
Ana KennedyNurse Practitioner
Marion HamerNurse Practitioner
Mandy Saint-MarshallNurse Specialist
Nikki AndersonNurse Specialist
Yvonne Van-DortNurse Specialist
Sophie AtkinsonNurse Specialist
Grace BradfordACHD Nurse Specialist


Clinical Support Roles

Yvonne Van-DortHeart Registry
Ruby HowdenHeart Registry Clinical Project Manager
Kelly BoegelClinical Lead Sonographer
Lisa Da Rocha (on parental leave)Clinical Psychologist
Vanessa Garcia-HoyosACHD Health Psychologist
Sue BrettData Specialist
Ora EmslieData Specialist
Megan UpjohnNZ Co-Ordinator Fontan Registry
Jackie CrawfordNational Cardiac Inherited Disease Registry
Lindy SlaterPlay Specialist
Elroy PintoPlay Specialist



Trish RostronInterventional Booking Administrator
Lois Ravuri (on parental leave)ACHD Booking Administrator
Sarah AshtonOperations Manager
Nicky KennyPre-Operative Surgical Planner
Rawinia KakaPaediatric Cardiac Clinic Aministrator
Narissa DeibertACHD Booking Administrator - Parental Leave Cover
Courtney RussElectrophysiology and Echo Booking Administrator


Information and support for families

For general information on the services provided for Families, see the PCCS Directory of Services page. Where specific family information exists in relation to a guideline, it will be indexed within the guideline.

See /patients-parents-and-visitors/youth-transition/cardiology-service/ for information on transition for young people moving from paediatric to adult services.

Heart Kids NZ provide support services to families of children with a heart condition.

Education for Health Professionals

The STABLE Course

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Cardiac Module Program provides information about the recognition and stabilisation of neonates with congenital heart disease. Whilst it provides useful educational material and information about treatment, it does not necessarily over-ride the PCCS or Newborn Services guidelines for infants with congenital cardiac disease.

Please note: Due to licensing restrictions, the module is available only via the intranet. The module is 70MB in size and takes several seconds to load and open. Please be patient.

Cardiac pathology videos

View SickKidsInteractive videos/presentations on cardiac pathology.