Associate Professor Nathan Better

Associate Professor Nathan Better is a Nuclear Medicine Physician and clinical Cardiologist, specialising in Nuclear Cardiology and cardiac CT.

He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne and then completed nuclear medicine training at the Repatriation Hospital and Alfred Hospital. Following this, he undertook a Fellowship program at Harvard Medical School based at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, U.S.A. This was in the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine, with a special interest in nuclear cardiology. He subsequently completed a Cardiology Fellowship at the West Roxbury VA Hospital in Boston before returning to Melbourne.

Since returning in 1994, A/Prof Better has based his clinical private cardiology practice at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. In 1996, he set up the Nuclear Cardiology service at Cabrini and continues to work there as a nuclear medicine physician in Nuclear Cardiology and General Nuclear Medicine. A/Prof Better worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital between 1994-2021 and maintains an academic appointment there in Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine. He has completed training in cardiac CT and PET and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

He has a special interest in post-graduate teaching and is heavily involved with the education of cardiology and nuclear medicine registrars. He also plays a role in the training and preparation of internal medicine basic trainees for the FRACP Part 1 Internal Medicine examinations.

A/Prof Better’s research interests include the role of cardiac imaging in diagnosis and prognosis and radiation safety. He is involved with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria as an expert lecturer and researcher and in setting up practice guidelines. He has also undertaken teaching appointments in Vienna and throughout Asia and New Zealand and is currently chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nuclear cardiology.

In 2022, he has taken on the positions of Director of Postgraduate Education and the Chairman of Cardiology Research at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.