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Dr Ihab El-Sokkari

MBBCh, MMed, FRACP
Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Clinical senior lecturer, University of Sydney

About Dr El-Sokkari

Dr El-Sokkari is an Australian trained cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. He is experienced in managing all areas of general cardiology and he is leading the expansion of the cardiac electrophysiology services at Nepean Hospital.

Born and bred in Egypt, Dr El-Sokkari had a passion for cardiology from a very young age. He was inspired by his mother who was a leading cardiologist in his hometown in Egypt. Following his cardiology residency in Egypt, he decided to call Australia home and completed basic and advanced training in cardiology working across different hospitals in Sydney.

After successfully completing fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), he then embarked on subspeciality training in cardiac electrophysiology for three extra years in Australia and Canada.

Dr El-Sokkari returned to Australia following his overseas fellowship as a consultant cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, before being appointed as a cardiac electrophysiologist at Nepean Hospital. Upon his appointment, Dr El-Sokkari led the expansion of the cardiac electrophysiology services at Nepean Hospital where more complex arrhythmias are currently being treated locally in Penrith.

https://www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/nbmlhd-news/from-the-expert/cardiac-electrophysiology-service-expanded 

Dr El-Sokkari has a keen interest in research, he obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney and was involved in many research projects leading to multiple presentations and publications nationally and internationally.

He is a keen teacher, regularly teaching medical students and junior doctors and regularly involved in educational sessions for GPs. He is a clinical senior lecturer with the University of Sydney.

Areas of particular interest

Dr El-Sokkari consults in his private rooms in Penrith and performs his procedures at Nepean Public and Private Hospitals. He is fluent in English and Arabic.

  • Cardiac devices implantation and follow up including pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization devices and implantable loop recorders
  • Ablations for all cardiac arrhythmias including supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia
  • Management of heart failure
  • Management of Coronary artery disease

Publications

1. Elsokkari I, Sapp JL. Electrical storm: Prognosis and management. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. 2021;66:70-9

2. Elsokkari I, Parkash R, Tang A, Wells G, Doucette S, Yetisir E, Gardner M, Healey JS, Thibault B, Sterns L. Mortality risk increases with clustered ventricular arrhythmias in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Clinical Electrophysiology. 2020;6(3):327-37.

3. Zhou S, Sapp JL, Horáček BM, Warren JW, MacInnis PJ, Davis J, Elsokkari I, Choudhury R, Parkash R, Gray C. Automated intraprocedural localization of origin of ventricular activation using patient-specific computed tomographic imaging. Heart rhythm. 2020;17(4):567-75.

4. Zhou S, AbdelWahab A, Horáček BM, MacInnis PJ, Warren JW, Davis JS, Elsokkari I, Lee DC, MacIntyre CJ, Parkash R. Prospective assessment of an automated Intraprocedural 12-lead ECG-Based system for localization of early left ventricular activation. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. 2020;13(7):e008262

5. Alkharaza A, Al-Harbi M, El-Sokkari I, Doucette S, MacIntyre C, Gray C, Abdelwahab A, Sapp JL, Gardner M, Parkash R. The effect of revascularization on mortality and risk of ventricular arrhythmia in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. BMC cardiovascular disorders. 2020;20(1):1-9.

6. Stevenson WG, Tedrow UB, Reddy V, AbdelWahab A, Dukkipati S, John RM, Fujii A, Schaeffer B, Tanigawa S, Elsokkari I and Sapp JL. Infusion Needle Radiofrequency Ablation for Treatment of Refractory Ventricular Arrhythmias. Journal of American College of Cardiology. 2019; 73:1413-1425.

7. Fadahunsi OO, Elsokkari I and AbdelWahab A. Irregular Narrow Complex Tachycardia: What Is the Diagnosis? Circulation. 2019; 139:1848-1850.

8. Elsokkari I, Sapp JL, Doucette S, Parkash R, Gray CJ, Gardner MJ, Macintyre C and AbdelWahab AM. Role of contact force in ischemic scar-related ventricular tachycardia ablation; optimal force required and impact of left ventricular access route. Journal of Interventional Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. 2018; 53:323-331.

9. Elsokkari I, Parkash R, Gray CJ, Gardner MJ, AbdelWahab AM, Doucette S, Tang AS, Wells GA, Stevenson WG and Sapp JL. Effect of coronary revascularization on long‐term clinical outcomes in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy and recurrent ventricular arrhythmia. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2018; 41:775-779.

10. Choudhury R, Elsokkari I and Parkash R. Lead–lead interaction. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. 2018; 29:1040-1041.

11. Elsokkari I, Abdelwahab A and Parkash R. Polymorphic ventricular tachycardia due to change in pacemaker programming. Heart Rhythm case reports. 2017; 3:243-247.

12. Elsokkari I, Cala A, Khan S and Hill A. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: Not always innocent or predictable: A unique post mortem insight. International Journal of Cardiology. 2013;167: e46-e48.

13. Elsokkari I, Reyneke E and William M. Left atrial septal pouch causing an ischaemic stroke in association with aortic coarctation. European Journal of Echocardiography. 2011; 12:916-916.

14. Elsokkari I, Napaki S, Greening S and Aghmesheh M. Primary transitional cell carcinoma of the fallopian tube. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. 2011; 37:1767-1771.

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