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Professor Doa El-Ansary

Adjunct Professor (Physiotherapy)
PhD, University of Sydney, Australia; BAppSc (Phty), Cumberland College of Health Sciences (Sydney University), Australia


Adjunct Professor Doa El-Ansary
Foundation Academic Course Director and Head of Physiotherapy (2017-2022), Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Nursing and Allied, School of Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Department of Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation, School of Kinesiology, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital , School of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Senior Research Fellow, Westmead Research Institute, Westmead, Sydney

Professor Doa El-Ansary is a Physiotherapist and functional anatomist, with extensive clinical and research experience in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She is an invited member of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS) scientific committee and the inaugural founding member of the Nursing and Allied Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS). Doa has worked in private practice, public and private hospitals settings in addition to holding teaching posts at the University of Melbourne, Australian Institute of Sport; University of Sydney and the University of Canberra. She was part of the inaugural academic team of the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. Her PhD research established Physiotherapy guidelines for the diagnosis and management of sternal instability following cardiac surgery. Doa is a member of the founding committee that developed “Heart Online”, a web-based toolkit for cardiovascular health and rehabilitation. Doa pioneered Ultrasound imaging for diagnosis of sternal non-union and instability following cardiac surgery. This technology is now the 'gold standard' for early detection of sternal complications. Doa has also led the collaboration of certified ultrasound education courses targeting lung pathology, muscle and bone for nurses and physiotherapists facilitating translation of Ultrasound as a bedside assessment tool for better patient outcomes. Her research interests include: cardiac surgery; physiological adaptations to exercise in bone and muscle; ultrasound imaging; technology for sternal closure; musculoskeletal conditions, postoperative recovery and patient reported outcomes; differential diagnosis and management of chest wall pain. Doa is a past recipient of a University of Melbourne Career Interruption Fellowship and a Zimmer Biomet (USA) Project Grant; and has been recognised nationally and internationally for her clinical research with awards from the USA, Europe and Australia. Doa has been invited as a keynote speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings; and is an accredited supervisor of research higher degree students.


Research interests

Biomedical science; Health Promotion; Ultrasound

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

"Leading Self" and Leading Teams as a Health Professional:

Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain in the Emeregency Department

Driving After Surgery: Cognitive Recovery

Exercise and Rehabilitation in the Surgical Population

Lung Ultrasound Pathology Diagnosis and its Impact on Clinical Decision Making in Clinical Practice

Prehabiliation in the Cardiovascular and Orthopaedic Population:


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Physiotherapy - 420106
  • Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) - 320101
  • Radiology And Organ Imaging - 320222

Teaching areas

Biomedical science;Health Promotion;Ultrasound;anatomy;Physiotherapy;Cardiology;Cardiovascular Health


  • 2021, National, Best Clinical Research Prize, Australian Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Association
  • 2017, International, Best Research Prize, American Physical Therapy Association -Cardiorespiratory
  • 2016, International, Best Research Prize, European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons- Allied Health
  • 2016, National, Best Research Prize, Australian Cardiovascular Rehabilaition Association
  • 2015, National, Best Research Prize, Australian Cardiovascular Rehabilaition Association


Also published as: El-Ansary, Doa; El-Ansary, D.; El-Ansary, D. A.; El-Ansary, Doa A.; El-ansary, Doa; El‐Ansary, Doa
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: A short-term potato-enriched diet to support muscle accretion and promote substrate metabolism adaptations in recreationally active individuals *; Alliance for Potato Research and Education
  • 2019: Development of a web-based repository system for normative and pathology isokinetic muscle strength  *; Lifecare Prahran Market Pilates
  • 2019: Surgical outcomes of different total hip arthroplasty techniques *; Medacta Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2017: RCT of Sternal Closure Following Cardiac Surgery, A Comparison of Conventional Wiring and Sternalock. *; Zimmer Biomet

* Chief Investigator

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