Derek Tran is the Senior Exercise Physiologist for the Adult Congenital Heart Service at the Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is also the co-coordinator of the world’s largest multi-centre congenital heart disease exercise clinical trial – The Congenital Heart Fitness Intervention Trial (CH-FIT).
He completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) in 2015 at the University of Sydney and is concluding his doctoral dissertation titled “Pathophysiology and Exercise Intolerance in the Setting of Aberrant Pulmonary Vascular Conditions”.
In 2019, Derek was awarded the prestigious Paediatric and Congenital Prize at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). He also led the national consensus recommendations for exercise in adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease.
Derek also teaches clinical exercise physiology in both the undergraduate BAppSc(ExPhys) and postgraduate MExPhys programs at the University of Sydney.
His research interest includes: exercise training in cardiopulmonary conditions; nutrition and body composition in health and chronic diseases; management, therapies and long term outcomes in congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension; and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.