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McCrae Specialist Centre

691-695 Point Nepean Rd,

McCrae, VIC, 3938

(Corner of Bartels St)

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Dr Palananda Arunothayaraj (Arun)

Specialty : Cardiology 


 MBBS, MD (General Medicine), MRCP (UK), FRACP


Dr Arun is a highly reputed senior consultant cardiologist in the Peninsula region, who brings over 30 years of medical experience to his patients. He completed his postgraduate medical degree in India before undertaking further cardiology training in the UK (MRCP) and St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne (FRACP). He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist in Frankston Hospital in 2000, before commencing his private practice.


Dr Arun brings in-depth clinical knowledge and excellent diagnostic skills, with significant experience in general medicine and cardiology. He deals with all types of cardiac problems,  including  the investigation and management of coronary artery disease, heart failure and  cardiac  rhythm problems. He specialises in managing heart failure patients and is a skilled implanter of CRT devices, defibrillators and pacemakers. He also provides and personally supervises stress ECG, stress echo, echo and holter monitor services.


Dr Arun looks after both public and private patients and is happy to provide advice or urgent consultation to GPs and other physicians 24/7. Patients incur no out-of-pocket expenses for in-patient procedures.


Qualifications : MBBS, MD (General Medicine), MRCP (UK), FRACP 


Special Interests : 

  • Clinical and diagnostic cardiology
  • Heart Failure management
  • Stress testing
  • Echocardiogram
  • Pacemakers
  • Diagnostic coronary angiogram


Dr Arun is a consultant in General Cardiology, with a special interest in Heart Failure and Device Implantation for heart rhythm disorders and heart failure management.


Dr Arun undertook advanced training in Cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and worked as a registrar in Cardiology at South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland before returning to Frankston to undertake his public appointment at Peninsula Health. Dr Arun established his private practice at Peninsula Private Hospital and is well regarded for his management and care of patients in the Frankston and surrounding communities.


Along with Dr Arun’s training and wide experience in device implantation in UK and Australia has acquired in-depth practical knowledge in this field. Being a high volume operator in device implants Dr Arun is aware of the difficulties and challenges in device implantation and follow up. A priority in device implantation is optimum patient selection and safe implantation technique to achieve maximum benefit for the patient and minimise complications. Dr Arun likes to share this knowledge with his colleagues and medical practitioners to raise awareness about the benefits of this treatment option to improve patient care.


Areas Of Special Interest/Expertise

  • Clinical and diagnostic cardiology
  • Heart Failure management
  • Stress testing
  • Echocardiogram
  • Pacemakers
  • Diagnostic coronary angiogram

Hospital Appointments

  • Peninsula Private Hospital, Frankston
  • Beleura Private Hospital, Mornington
  • Peninsula Health, Frankston

For appointments, please contact Central booking office and if you would like to be seen at McCrae, please advise the office that the appointment be booked for "McCrae Specialist Centre".
Phone: 8790 8366