History of Alfred Cardiology
Dr Ian Bailey
Dr Bailey OAM was an outstanding cardiologist at RPA for over 30 years and has recently retired from clinical practice. Dr Bailey will be forever remembered for his commitment to improving access to rural patients, especially from Nowra and the central west of NSW, to high level cardiac care.
Dr Bailey was born and educated in Singleton and completed his schooling at Singleton High School. He attended Sydney University where he attained a Bachelor of Medicine with first class honours. He then trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) as a cardiologist and, in 1975, was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA.
He was amongst the first researchers to use thallium, a nuclear tracer, to test for heart disease in the 1970s. Based on his research this technique became a standard clinical test assisting in evaluating countless patients with heart disease all round the world.
He returned to Australia and continued to work at the RPAHand became well-known as the late Kerry Packer’s cardiologist. Today, he is semi-retired on his family’s grazing property Greylands, Goorangoola.