Christopher Zeitz

Associate Professor Christopher Zeitz

Clinical Academic

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Associate Professor Chris Zeitz - Head of Unit, Cardiology Department, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Director of CARDIA-SA
Group: Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative
Theme: Cardiovascular Disease.


A/Prof Chris Zeitz has experience and skillsets in fundamental aspects of Clinical and Translational Cardiovascular Research, namely a strong background in Coronary Heart disease/Acute Coronary Syndrome management and Health Service Research, and an ability to translate evidence into practice. In coronary heart disease, he has published on acute coronary syndromes, particularly among indigenous patients. In translation into practice, he has a strong presence locally with a track record of achieving significant reform. As an example, stroke health services were moved from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and merged with the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The resulting service is delivering better care to more patients and has significantly improved patient outcomes at a reduced cost. Noting his outstanding clinical and leadership skills, he was appointed by the Minister for Health to co-chair the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Committee for the Transforming Health initiative in SA Health. Additional key leadership roles include:
  • CADOSA Steering Committee Member - provides oversight of data use, clinical insight into data trends and advocates the importance of patient outcome monitoring via clinical registries to SA Health
  •  SA Health Cardiology Network Data & Information Workgroup – key quality assurance measures are monitored including acute myocardial infarction mortality.
  • SA Health Aboriginal Heart & Stroke Plan Committee – this group have formulated the strategy policy for indigenous heart/stroke health 2017-21.

1996     University of Adelaide postgraduate research scholarship

1997     Heart Foundation of Australia postgraduate research scholarship

1998     Heart Foundation of Australia postgraduate research scholarship

1999     Marjorie Hooper Travelling Fellowship (Royal Australasian College of Physicians) ($20,000)

1999     Heart Foundation of Australia - South Australian Branch - Three year grant, balance converted to equipment grant at completion of first Year ($72,000)

1999     Merck, Sharp & Dohme project grant to investigate "Risk factor management in patient presenting with acute coronary syndrome ($4,000)

2000     Clive and Vera Ramiciotti equipment grant ($7,200)

2001     Merck, Sharp & Dohme project grant to investigate "Risk factor management in patients presenting for elective coronary interventions ($8,000)

2001     Industry grant to establish CARDIA-SA (Cardiology Assistance to Remote Districts In Australia) ($20,000)

2002     Pfizer pharmaceuticals: Grant to establish and operate 1-800 phone line and e-mail advice line for rural practitioners ($15,000)

2002.    Heart Foundation Research grant for project entitled “DOCTOR study” (Determinants Of Calculated Time Of Reperfusion) ($56,000)

2002.    Medtronic Australia grant for preparation of review article on “Resuscitation of patients with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators” ($5,000)

2002    Department of Health and aging grant for “Can St John first responders facilitate better long term asthma management for patients who present acutely” ($16,330)

2002    Workcover grant for project “A review of workplace injuries occurring at the Royal Adelaide showgrounds during the 2002 Royal Adelaide show” ($13,810)

2003   Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest – A review of the demographics of the event in South Australia to inform decisions on provision of semi-automatic external           defibrillators within the community. St John Ambulance Australia Research Grant ($5000).

2003    Measuring Emergency Services Workloads at Mass Gathering Events. Emergency Management Australia Research Grant ($36,664).

2004    Practical solutions for injury surveillance and response to hazard identification at the Royal Adelaide Show. WorkCover Corporation Grants ($15,500).

2007    Heart Foundation Research Grant for project entitled “Heart of the heart study” ($129,000).

2007     Heart Foundation Research Grant for project entitled "The early use of N-Acetylcysteine in acute myocardial infarction (The NACIAM Study)

2009     Vascular Disease and Therapeutics Development Grant from QEH Research Foundation ($1,110,000)

2011     NHMRC Project Grant. Central Australian Heart Protection Study - 5 years (1,800,000)

2011     Heart Foundation Program Grant. CADOSA 4 year study (1,300.000)


As a Clinical Academic in the Cardiology Unit of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital, I have been successful in establishing a research programs to expand research within South Australia with my main expertise on Indigenous Health. I regularly participate in medical teaching for medical students whilst incorporating teaching on my ward rounds with current intern rotations.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 Co-Supervisor Incidence, Management and Outcome of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Melanie Ruth Wittwer
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Gender Disparities in Vascular Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rachel Dreyer
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Tako-Tsubo (Stress) Cardiomyopathy: Pathophysiology and Natural History Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Christopher Neil
    2000 - 2005 Principal Supervisor TISSUE RESPONSES TO NITRIC OXIDE DONORS: STUDIES IN PLATELETS AND IN MYOCARDIUM Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Matthew Worthley
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Is Indigenous status a predisposing factor that impacts the cardiac care of patients who present to hospital with non-ST elevation ACS University of South Australia Higher Doctorate Full Time Yvette Roe
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - 2018 Director Heart foundation of South Australia Heart Foundation Australia
    2011 - 2016 Member Central Adelaide Local Health Network Advisory Board SA Health Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member COVADIS International Collaboration Australia
    2013 - 2016 Co-Chair Transforming Health Ministerial Advisory Committee SA Health Australia
    2013 - 2016 Co-Chair State wide Cardiac Clinical Network SA Health Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Cardiology Data and Information Committee SA Health Australia
    2008 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Indigenous Council Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2003 - 2014 Member Ethics of Human Research Committee North Western Adelaide Health Service Australia
    2001 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia and new Zealand regional committee CSANZ Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2000 - ongoing Member Variety Club of South Australia Australia
  • Expert Witness

    Date Case Institution Country
    2016 - 2016 Review of Cardiac Services in Orange, NSW NSW Health Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Clinical Director of Cardiology Queen Elizabeth Hospital Australia
    2013 - 2018 Clinical Service Director of Medicine Central Adelaide Local Health Network Australia
    2008 - 2013 Head of Medical Directorate Queen Elizabeth Hospital Australia
  • Position: Clinical Academic
  • Phone: 82227539
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  • Campus: Adelaide University
  • Building: QEH - Cardiology Unit, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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