• Baulkham Hills
  • Rouse Hill
English, Hindi, Gujarati

Dr Jay Thakkar is a general and interventional adult cardiologist.

He graduated in 2003 winning a Gold medal in final MBBS examination. He completed cardiology training at Westmead Public Hospital and obtained FRACP in 2012. Passionate about his work, he undertook an advanced fellowship in Interventional cardiology at the world renowned Vancouver General Hospital, Canada.

Dr Thakkar has a keen interest in research and has published widely.  He was a research fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and The University of Sydney, examining the use of mobile phone text messaging service for cardiac rehabilitation in patients with coronary artery disease.

Dr Thakkar's practice encompasses all aspects of adult cardiology, with special interest in coronary angiography, coronary artery stenting, rotablation (drilling calcium deposits in stiff blockages) and coronary artery imaging using OCT (infrared light) and IVUS (ultrasound). He offers exercise stress testing, echocardiography and cardioversion services.

Dr Thakkar consults at our Baulkham hills and Rouse hill suites. He is a staff specialist at Westmead Public Hospital and a VMO at Westmead Private Hospital, Hospital for Specialist Surgery and Norwest Private Hospital.



Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, UBC, Canada. 2017

Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Cardiology), RACP, Australia. 2012

MD (General Medicine), MSU, India. 2006

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MSU, India. 2003




The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

The University of Sydney

Westmead Public Hospital

Westmead Private Hospital

The Hospital for Specialist Surgery

Norwest Private Hospital



  •  2017 – Deans award for best students publication at The University of Sydney as a part of PhD studies.
  • 2016 – Doctoral - John Chalmers Award – Best manuscript published in PhD student category, across worldwide ‘The George Institute for Global Health’ enterprise.
  • 2003 - Krishnabai Gold Medal - for outstanding performance at speciality subject in MBBS


  • Chow CK, Thakkar J et al. Quarter-dose quadruple combination therapy for initial treatment of hypertension: placebo-controlled, crossover, randomised trial and systematic review. Lancet. 2017 Mar 11;389(10073):1035-1042.
  • Thakkar J et al. Mobile telephone text messaging for medication adherence in chronic disease. A Meta-analysis. JAMA-Intern Med. 2016; 176 (3):340-349.
  • Thakkar J et al. Patterns, predictors and effects of texting intervention on physical activity in CHD - insights from the TEXT ME randomized clinical trial. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2016 Nov;23(17):1894-1902.
  • Thakkar J et al. Inaccurate risk perceptions contribute to treatment gaps in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Intern Med J.2016 Mar; 46(3):339-46.
  • Thakkar J et al. Design Considerations in Development of a Mobile Health Intervention Program: The TEXT ME and TEXTMEDS Experience. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2016 Nov 15;4(4):e127.
  • Thakkar J et al. Development of macaronic Hindi-English 'Hinglish' text message content for a coronary heart disease secondary prevention programme. BMJ - Heart Asia. 2016 Sep 30;8(2):32-38.
  • Redfern J, Santo K, Coorey G, Thakkar J et al. Factors Influencing Engagement, Perceived Usefulness and Behavioral Mechanisms Associated with a Text Message Support Program. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 14;11(10).
  • Santo K, Kirkendall S, Laba TL, Thakkar J et al. Interventions to improve medication adherence in coronary artery disease patients. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. Eur Jou Prev Cardio. Jul. 2016. 2015.
  • Chow CK, Redfern J, Hillis GS, Thakkar J et al. Effect of lifestyle focussed text messaging on risk factor modification in patients with coronary heart disease. A randomised clinical trial. JAMA. 2015, Sept 22-29, 314 (12):1255-63.
  • Thomas SP, Thakkar J et al. CSANZ Position statement on sedation for cardiovascular procedures (2014). Heart Lung Circulation. 2015. June 10. S1443-9506.
  • Thakkar J, Chow C. Adherence to secondary prevention therapies in ACS. Med J Aust. 2014 Nov 17; 201(10):S106-9.
  • Thakkar J et al. Right Ventricular dysfunction predisposes to inducible ventricular tachycardia at electrophysiology studies in patients with acute STEMI and reduced LV ejection fraction. Circ Arrhy and Electrophysiol. 2014 Oct;7(5):898-905.
  • Thomas S, Thakkar J, Ross D, Kovoor P. Sedation for electrophysiological procedures. Pacing clin Electrophysiol. Jun;37(6):781-90.
  • Paterson H, Thakkar J, Byth K, Dennis AR. Saphenous vein to internal mammary artery end to end composite grafts for coronary artery bypass. Late follow up. Heart Lung Circ. 2014 Sept;24(2):200-5