Dr Jeff Ball studied Medicine at The University of Liverpool, UK obtaining an honours degree. He developed an interest in Cardiology whilst working at the Cardiothoracic Centre in Liverpool. He subsequently trained in Cardiology in North West England before working as a resident medical officer in Brisbane, Australia. He returned to the UK to take up a Cardiology post in Leeds. Here he undertook research into echocardiography (ultrasound examination of the heart) and intracoronary ultrasound.
Jeff was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist in Liverpool in 1996 creating a Department of Cardiology at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals. He developed both inpatient and outpatient services and introduced both invasive and non-invasive Cardiology procedures for the first time. In 2003 he returned to Brisbane to a training Fellowship under Professor Thomas Marwick, world renowned expert in echocardiography.
In 2013, Jeff moved to the Shoalhaven taking up a post as Consultant Cardiologist at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital (SDMH). He also practises from rooms in Nowra. In 2016, he opened HeartCare NSW which is now incorporated into The Cardiac Centre.
Jeff’s practice includes all areas of adult Cardiology. He sees patients with chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, abnormal heart rhythms, dizziness and blackouts. He has a particular interest in diseases of the coronary arteries (which become narrowed in patients suffering angina or heart attacks), heart valve disease and heart failure. He is also interested in chest pain syndromes which can mimic angina, such as cardiac syndrome X and has published on this subject. He maintains a specialist interest in all aspects and modalities of echocardiography.