Clinical Senior Lecturer
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Dr Verdicchio is clinician-researcher with extensive clinical, research and tertiary teaching experience in exercise physiology, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias and heart failure. His research interests have focussed on assessing cardiopulmonary exercise responses and exercise interventions in patients with atrial fibrillation, and the physiological mechanisms promoting cardiac arrhythmias in endurance athletes. He completed his PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Prof Prash Sanders and was awarded Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for his PhD titled 'Exercise in Atrial Fibrillation'.
Dr Verdicchio was the Corporate Allied Health & Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager at Macquarie Health from 2021-2023 where he established and managed Australia’s largest private cardiac rehabilitation program across 10-hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of Heart Support Australia which is the peak body in Australia overseeing peer support groups across Australia to improve the lives of heart disease patients living in regional Australia. He holds academic appointments at both the University of Adelaide and University of Sydney and continues with his research within cardiovascular disease. Dr Verdicchio is presently the European Society of Cardiology European Association of Preventive Cardiology Young Ambassador of Australia, and an Executive Member on the CSANZ Allied Health, Science and Technology Council.
Dr Verdicchio’s research has been accepted to present at the leading heart rhythm society, cardiology and exercise science conferences globally and nationally including the; Heart Rhythm Society, Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society, European Heart Rhythm Society, European Society of Cardiology and Cardiac Society of Australia. He has been selected as a finalist in the Young Investigator Award category at the 2018 ESSA Research to Practice, the 2019 and 2021 ESC Preventive Cardiology congresses, and selected as a finalist for the Early Career Researcher at the ESSA Research to Practice conference in 2021.
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Clinician research with expertise in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and prescription of exercise in patients with atrial fibrillation, heart failure and complex cardiovascular disease.
Date Position Institution name 2023 - ongoing Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2021 - ongoing Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Sydney 2019 - 2023 Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2015 - 2019 Exercise Physiologist Cardiovascular Centre - Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders 2014 - 2019 Sessional Tutor and Lecturer University of Adelaide 2013 - 2016 Sessional Tutor and Demonstrator Univeristy of South Australia
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Award ESC EuroPrevent Young Investigator Finalist European Society of Cardiology Portugal - 2018 Award Research to Practice Young Investigator Awards Finalist Exercise and Sports Science Australia Australia - 2016 Award Florey Post Grad Research Medical School Prize - Best Abstract 2016 University of Adelaide Australia - 2015 Scholarship School of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia - 2012 Award University of South Australia Merit Award University of South Australia - -
Language Competency Italian -
Date Institution name Country Title University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Medicine) University of South Australia Australia Bachelor Health Sciences (Honours) University of South Australia Australia Grad.Diploma (Clinical.Exercise.Science) University of South Australia Australia Bachelor Applied Science (Health & Human Movement)
Date Title Institution name Country — Member ESC European Association of Preventive Cardiology - — Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia — Member Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Association - — Accredited Exercise Physiologist - AEP Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA - — Accredited Exercise Scientist - AES Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA -
Year Citation 2018 Elliott, A., Verdicchio, C. V., Linz, D., Stokes, M., Gallagher, C., Mahajan, R., . . . Sanders, P. (2018). Mechanisms contributing to exercise intolerance in patients with atrial fibrillation. In EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL Vol. 39 (pp. 199). Munich, GERMANY: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2018 Elliott, A., Verdicchio, C., Gallagher, C., Linz, D., Mahajan, R., & Sanders, P. (2018). Myocardial Impairments Rather Than Rhythm Status Contributes to Exercise Intolerance in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. In FASEB JOURNAL Vol. 32 (pp. 2 pages). Amer Assoc Anatomists, San Diego, CA: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL. 2017 Verdicchio, C., Wijaithum, P., Elliott, A., Lau, D., Sanders, P., & Mahajan, R. (2017). Restoration of Sinus Rhythm Improves Exercise Capacity in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-Analysis. In Heart, Lung and Circulation Vol. 26 (pp. S172). Elsevier BV.
2016 Elliott, A., Mahajan, R., Lau, D., Verdicchio, C., Hendriks, J., Middeldorp, M., & Sanders, P. (2016). Ventilatory Efficiency is Impaired by Atrial Fibrillation and Improved by Cardioversion to Sinus Rhythm. In Heart, Lung and Circulation Vol. 25 (pp. S333). Elsevier BV.
2016 Verdicchio, C., Smith, M., Mahajan, R., Lau, D., Elliott, A., & Sanders, P. (2016). Exercise Training Results in Biatrial Dilatation: A Meta-Analysis of Training Studies. In Heart, Lung and Circulation Vol. 25 (pp. S325). Elsevier BV.
Year Citation 2022 Elliott, A. D., Verdicchio, C., Mahajan, R., Middeldorp, M. E., Gallagher, C., Lau, D. H., & Sanders, P. (2022). Impact of Sex on Outcomes Following Aerobic Exercise Training in Patients With Symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation. Poster session presented at the meeting of CIRCULATION. Chicago, IL: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2018 Verdicchio, C., Elliott, A., Wijaithum, P., Lau, D., Sanders, P., & Mahajan, R. (2018). 50Restoration of sinus rhythm improves exercise capacity in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis. Poster session presented at the meeting of EP Europace. Oxford University Press (OUP).
2018 Verdicchio, C., Elliott, A., Mahajan, R., Gallagher, C., Middeldorp, M., Linz, D., . . . Sanders, P. (2018). P1189Use of heart rate to guide exercise training intensity in patients with atrial fibrillation. Poster session presented at the meeting of EP Europace. Oxford University Press (OUP).
2017 Verdicchio, C. (2017). C-PO02-01 to C-PO02-220. Poster session presented at the meeting of Heart Rhythm. Elsevier BV.
University of Adelaide School of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship 2015-2018
Heart Foundation of Australia EO Myers Trust Fund 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
Lions Medical Research Foundation Travel Grant 2017
European Society of Cardiology EHRA Travel Grant 2018
The Hospital Research Foundation Travel Grant 2019
University of Adelaide Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2019
I have taught or continue to teach the following courses;
Advanced Exercise Science,
Principles of Exercise Science
Nutrition and Metabolism
MBBS III Year Research Supervisor
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2022 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Exercise in Heart Failure University of Adelaide MBBS III Other Full Time Menthi Fernando, Amelia Etchells, Tayla Jackson & Fariza Choudhury 2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: Association With Exercise Capacity, Left Ventricular Filling Pressures, Natriuretic Peptides, and Left Atrial Volume The University of Adelaide MBBS (III Year) Other Full Time Nicole Kate Fernandez, Xin Yi Foo, Minh-Chau Le and Xan Nguyen
Date Role Membership Country 2021 - ongoing Representative ESC European Association of Preventive Cardiology Ambassador for Australia Australia
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