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DR Doa El-Ansary


  • Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal (Chest Pain, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Rehabilitationand Prevention, Thoracic Pain)



  • Dr Doa El-Ansary is a senior lecturer in functional anatomy; Musculoskeletal and Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. She has expertise in both Cardiorespiratory and Musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has worked in private practice, public and private hospitals settings in addition to holding honorary and teaching posts at the Australian Institute of Sport; the University of Sydney; the University of Canberra and Heart Support Australia. She was part of the inaugural academic team of the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. Her PhD research established Physiotherapy guidelines for the 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. Her research interests include: cardiac surgery; physiological adaptations to exercise in bone and muscle; ultrasound imaging; sternal closure; differential diagnosis and management of chest wall pain. Doa is a current recipient of a University of Melbourne Research Fellowship. She has been an invited keynote speaker at national and international scientific meetings and a member of committees for a number of international conferences.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2008
  • BAppSci(Physio), Cumberland College of Health Sciences 1986

Awards and honors

  • Australian Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Award for Best Research, 2015
  • Melbourne University, 2013
  • Career Interruption Grant, 2013
  • Gillian Webb, Teaching Award, University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Sydney University, 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Doa El-Ansary has supervised RHD students in the following areas of research: Cardiac Surgery; Cardiac Rehabilitation; Functional Anatomy, Back Pain; Thoracic and Chest Pain; ICU; Exercise; Ultrasound Imaging