Dr. Matias Yudi

Medical Grand Rounds begin this week

The Medical Grand Rounds are back for 2018!

The Grand Rounds are held every Wednesday at 12.25pm sharp in the John Lindell Lecture Theatre on level 4 of the Harold Stokes Building at Austin Hospital.

The first presenter for 2018 is interventional cardiologist Dr. Matias Yudi, who is presenting on ‘Stroke Prevention in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF): Thinking beyond anti-coagulation’.

“The global burden of atrial fibrillation is huge, and as our population gets older, we’re going to be encountering more patients with atrial fibrillation across all specialties,” Dr. Yudi says.

“Patients with AF are at increased risk of stroke. To reduce the risk of stroke, we use anticoagulants but this increases the risk of bleeding. So we need to find a solution to decrease the stroke risk without significantly increasing the risk of bleeding.”

“I’m going to talk about some new technologies that are available to treat patients with AF who are at high bleeding risk patients and who previously couldn’t be treated with blood thinners,” Dr. Yudi says.


Each Grand Round begins with a five-minute clinical pearl relevant to daily practice followed by 45 minutes on a different topic.

Medical Education Lead, Dr. Chris Leung, says that the Grand Rounds are tailored to a general audience.

“Grand Round topics are carefully planned to ensure practical learning and are grounded in pedagogic learning principles. Come to learn about critical updates so that together we can provide the best in patient care,” says Dr. Leung.

“After all, we are a Choosing Wisely Champion hospital – what better way to keep abreast of dynamically changing world of Medicine!” he says.


“Lunch is provided afterwards so you can continue the conversation, collaborate and connect to the great team which shapes Austin Health.”

Head of Medicine, Professor Jeffrey Zajac, says that all staff are welcome to attend the Grand Rounds. Senior medical staff within the Division of Medicine are strongly encouraged to attend regularly. Junior medical staff are expected to attend, and for medical students, it is part of their timetabled curriculum.

“This is protected time for your education so that we can all give the most up to date and evidence-based assessments and treatments to the patients entrusted to our care,” Prof Zajac says.

People can follow and participate in the Grand Rounds on Twitter using the hashtag #GRAustin. A video of a precis summary of each presentation is published on the Hub afterwards.

If anyone has any queries about the Grand Rounds, contact Dr. Chris Leung by email.