Peter Psaltis

Dr Peter Psaltis

Deputy Leader - Heart Health Theme

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


DR PETER JAMES PSALTIS - MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ

QUALIFICATIONS
2016 Fellowship of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
2010 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide
2005 Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Cardiology and Internal Medicine)
1999 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Adelaide (Honours and Dean's List)

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS
2016- Deputy Leader, Heart Health Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, SA
2015- Consultant Interventional and General Cardiologist, Central Adelaide Local Health Network and Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
2015- Academic and Senior Research Fellow (Level C), University of Adelaide
2015- Co-director Vascular Research Centre, Heart Health Theme, SAHMRI
2015- Consultant Cardiologist, Adelaide Heart Clinic, Kent Town, SA

PREVIOUS RESEARCH & ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2013-14 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria
2009-12 Post-doctoral Research/Senior Research Fellow, Simari Laboratory, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Supervisor: Prof Robert Simari, Vice Chair, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
2010-14 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide
2006-09 PhD student, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Primary Supervisor: Prof Stephen Worthley;
Co-supervisors: Prof Andrew Zannettino, Prof Stan Gronthos
2004-14 Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide

PREVIOUS CLINICAL APPOINTMENTS
2013-14 Interventional Cardiology Fellow, MonashHeart, Monash Health, Victoria
2003-05 Cardiology Advanced Trainee, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
2000-02 Basic Physician Trainee, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
1999 Intern, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

EDUCATION
1993-98 School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide
1981-92 The Collegiate School of St Peter, Adelaide, SA

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
2016- Fellow, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
2015- Member, Australian Cardiovascular Alliance
2014- Member, International Society for Heart Research
2011- Member, American Heart Association, Councils of Basic Cardiovascular Sciences and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
2009 Member, Australian Society of Medical Research
2009 Member, International Society of Heart Research
2005- Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
2004- Associate Member, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

ADMINISTRATION and LEADERSHIP
2017- Head of Optical Coherence Tomography Core Laboratory, Heart Health Theme, SAHMRI
2016- Deputy Leader, Heart Health Theme, SAHMRI
2016- National Lead Investigator, CLEAR study, ESPERION
2016- Acute Coronary Syndrome Task Force, SA Health
2016- Research Executive Committee, SAHMRI
2016- Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee, SAHMRI
2015-16 Scientific Organising Committee, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide 2016
2015-16 Program Director, Interventional Stream, 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide 2016
2015- Co-director Vascular Research Centre, Heart Health Theme, SAHMRI
2015- Principle Site Investigator, CARAT study, Royal Adelaide Hospital
2015- Bioscience Pillar Committee Member, SAHMRi

CAREER SUMMARY:
Peter Psaltis is an early career Academic Cardiologist, who graduated from Medicine at the University of Adelaide (1999), having ranked outright first in each of his six years of medical school, and as the recipient of 25 academic awards and prizes, including the University and Alumni University Medals. Following clinical training in Cardiology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, he undertook doctoral (Adelaide, Australia, 2006-09) and post-doctoral studies (Mayo Clinic, MN, USA, 2009-12) in the areas of stem cell cardiomyoplasty and vascular biology, and also became expert in noninvasive and invasive coronary and cardiac imaging (MRI, CT, reporter gene technology, IVUS, OCT), and cellular transplantation. During this time, he was funded by the NHMRC and National Heart Foundation of Australia, and received nine young/early career investigator awards.

In 2015, Dr Psaltis relocated to SAHMRI, where he is Deputy Leader of the Heart Health Theme and Co-director of the Vascular Research Centre. He also holds appointments at the University of Adelaide (Senior Research Fellow) and Royal Adelaide Hospital (Consultant Interventional Cardiologist).

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr Psaltis has unique expertise across all three disciplines of basic, translational and clinical research, and leads bench-to-bedside projects spanning topics of developmental macrophage biology, vascular stem cells, inflammatory regulation of atherosclerosis, pharmacological modification of atherosclerosis and coronary plaque imaging. Dr Psaltis’ paradigm-shifting discovery of adventitial macrophage progenitor cells (AMPCs) as a self-renewing source of macrophages in the postnatal vasculature resulted in first author publications in Circulation and Circulation Research, and was awarded the inaugural Early Career Investigator Award from the ATVB Council at the American Heart Association Meeting (2011) and Best Research Prize at the International Congress of Lipids and Atherosclerosis in South Korea (2016). He also received consecutive top 10 abstract rankings and travel grants to present orally at the Gordon Research Conference for Atherosclerosis in 2011 and 2013.

As the holder of a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship, Dr Psaltis is an emerging leader in the fields of Interventional Cardiology, Stem Cell Cardiomyoplasty and Vascular Biology. He has given numerous invited presentations nationally and overseas on these topics. He was an inaugural member of the Australian and New Zealand Cardiologist Cell Therapy Network (2014), an invitee of the Australian Academy of Sciences Think Tank for Stem Cell Research (2015) and a Faculty Member of AstraZeneca's PERMIT Program (2016) which provided updated expert recommendations for post-ACS management in Australia. He is national and site PI for drug therapy and coronary imaging trials in atherosclerosis, and was program director of the Interventional Cardiology stream for the Scientific Organising Committee of the 2016 CSANZ meeting. His growing status as an international leader in coronary intervention is evident by recent invitations to peer review and editorialise for The Lancet, and invitations as both speaker and expert panellist at consecutive Hartzler Interventional Symposia in the USA.

Dr Psaltis directs the scientific program and co-chairs the weekly Heart Health Seminar at SAHMRI, which is open to the wider scientific community across all universities and teaching hospitals in Adelaide.

PUBLICATION OVERVIEW
As of April 30 2017, Dr Psaltis has published 83 full-text original manuscripts, editorials and review articles (>50 over the last five years). His first/senior author papers include publications in The Lancet, Circulation, Circulation Research, Stem Cells, JACC Cardiovasc Interventions, JACC Cardiovasc Imaging, Journal of Cellular Physiology, Nature Cardiology Reviews. He is also first author on two book chapters in the online version of Braunwald's Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine and has presented in excess of 100 scientific abstracts.

SUPERVISION
Dr Psaltis has supervised three Honours students to completion (all awarded Class IA), and currently supervises 7 PhD students (5 Uni of Adel, 2 Uni SA), 4 post-doctoral fellows and 2 research assistants. He has received three awards for excellence in teaching at the University of Adelaide.

PEER REVIEW ACTIVITIES
Dr Psaltis has provided peer review for >35 journals, and is Associate Editor for Heart, Lung and Circulation (2015- ) and on the editorial board of Journal of Geriatric Cardiology (2011- ). He provides yearly NHMRC peer-review for fellowship and project grant applications. He was on the Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee for the Heart Foundation in 2016 and will serve on the NHMRC Grant Review Panel (2017- ).

RESEARCH FUNDING
2017-20 National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Project Grant, ID 1127159, CIA. A study of the plaque - modifying actions of colchicine in stable and unstable atherosclerosis: from mouse models to clinical imaging. $1,198,460.
2017 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Vanguard Project Grant, ID 101370, CIA. Colchicine for coronary plaque modification in acute coronary syndrome - A serial optical coherence tomography study. $75,000.
2017 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Tom Simpson Trust Fund, CIA. $9,150.
2017 Abbott Vascular Pty Ltd, Research Grant, Chief Investigator. $10,000.
2016 5th International Congress on Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis, Travel Grant, $1500.
2015-17 National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Project Grant, ID 1086796, CIA. A study of the origins of macrophages in healthy and atherosclerotic vasculature focusing on a novel population of resident adventitial macrophage progenitor cells (AMPCs). $451,125.50.
2015-18 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Future Leadership Fellowship, FLF100412, CIA. Investigating the development of macrophages in atherosclerosis through a novel pathway of resident adventitial macrophage progenitor cells. $412,000.00.
2014-20 ARC Centre of Excellence. Monro et al. Centre for nanoscale biophotonics. Associate Investigator, $23,000,000.
2013 Gordon Research Conference, Travel Grant - Atherosclerosis, Stowe, Vermont, USA
2010-14 National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Post-doctoral Overseas Biomedical Fellowship, ID 0627055, CIA. The myelopoietic potential of vascular adventitial progenitor cells (APCs) and their role in atherosclerosis. $369,519.
2010 Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Marjorie Hooper Overseas Fellowship, $20,000.
2009 European Society of Cardiology Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science, Travel Grant to present at European Society of Cardiology Congress, Barcelona, Spain.
2009 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Travel Grant to present at International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 7th Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain
2006-9 National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation of Australia (co-funded), Post-graduate Biomedical Scholarship. A study of the properties of STRO-1 selected mesenchymal stem cells and their potential for cardiac repair. $110,385.
2006-9 National Heart Foundation, Post-graduate scholarship. First placed national
Ranking.
2006-9 Dawes Post-graduate Research Scholarship, Royal Adelaide Hospital

RESEARCH AWARDS
2016 Best Research Award, 5th International Congress on Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis, Seoul, South Korea
2013 Top Ten Abstract, Gordon Research Conference - Atherosclerosis, Stowe, Vermont, USA
2011 Early Career Investigator Award (Inaugural), Arteriosclerosis Thromosis and Vascular Biology Council, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA,
2011 Best Poster Presentation Award, Mayo Research Fellows’ Association, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
2011 Top Ten Abstract, Gordon Research Conference - Atherosclerosis, Newport, RI, USA
2009 The Ross Wishart Memorial Award for the Best Young Investigator, Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR), Adelaide
2009 Best mini-oral Presentation - Runner-up Award, International Society for Heart Research, Australasian Section, 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting
2009 Top 5% Abstract Ranking, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney
2009 Nimmo Prize, Best Oral Research Presentation, Royal Adelaide Hospital
2008 Best Poster Prize, Research Expo, University of Adelaide
2007 Hugh Gilmore Prize, Best Oral Research Presentation, Royal Adelaide Hospital

TEACHING AND SERVICE AWARDS
2004 Outstanding teaching and service to medical students, AMSS, University of Adelaide
2004 Best Registrar Award, selected by Interns, Royal Adelaide Hospital
2003 Outstanding teaching and service to medical students, AMSS, University of Adelaide

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS
Tertiary Education, Medical School, University of Adelaide 1993-1998
Outright first ranked in each of six years
1999 The Alumni University Medal
1999 The University Medal
1998 The Novartis Prize (First-placed in Medicine VI)
1998 The William Gardner Scholarship
1998 The Archibald Watson Prize for Surgery
1998 The Ciba-Geigy Prize
1998 The Everard Scholarship
1998 The William Gardner Prize
1998 The Frank S. Hone Memorial Prize
1998 The Sir Trent Champion de Crespigney Memorial Prize
1997 The Keith Sheridan Prize (First-placed in Medicine V)
1997 The Ian Furler Prize in Obstetrics and Gynaeclogy
1996 The Dr Davies-Thomas Scholarship (First-placed in Medicine IV)
1996 The Sandoz-Sir Aubrey Lewis Prize
1996 The Nigel Craddock Memorial Prize (Clinical Skills)
1996 The Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine Prize
1996 The Australian Chinese Medical Association Prize (General Practice)
1996 The Australian Orthopaedics Association Prize
1995 The Roche Products Prize (Pharmacology)
1995 The Lynda Tapp Prize (Physiology)
1995 The J.B. Cleland Prize (Pathology)
1994 The Wood Jones & Herbert John Wilkinson Prize (Anatomy)
1994 The Whelan Prize (Physiology Research)
1993 The Elder Prize (First-placed in Medicine I)
1993 The Hartley Studentship (First-placed Matriculant in State enrolled into The University of Adelaide)

Secondary Education, The Collegiate School of St Peter 1988-1992
1992 School Prefect, House Captain, Captain of Debating, Captain of Second XVIII Football, President of Scientific Society.
1985-92 Winner of 40 school-based academic prizes and scholarships, including:
Outright first ranked at each year level for academic achievement
1992 The Young Exhibitioner Scholarship (Dux of Year 12 and School)
1992 The F.H. Schubert Scholarship (Outstanding Leadership/All-round ability)
1992 The School Keys Award (Outstanding All-round Contribution to School)
1991 The Farr Scholarship (Dux of Year 11)
1990 The Caterer Memorial Scholarship (Outstanding All-round Ability)
1990 The Farrell Scholarship (Dux of Year 10)
Winner of 14 state-based academic awards, including:
1992 Outright first ranked student for SSABSA matriculation examinations
1992 Achieved perfect scores in all six subjects, final scaled score of 100% (120/120)
1992 The BHP Prize for highest aggregate in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics 1 & 2
1992 The Way College Prize for first placed in Chemistry
1992 The Royal Australian Chemistry Institute Prize for Chemistry
1992 The Bragg Medal for first placed in Physics
Winner of 4 national academic awards in chemistry and mathematics
1992 Member of Australian Chemistry Olympiad Team
1992 Bronze Medal, International Chemistry Olympiad, Pittsburgh, USA

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Deputy Theme Leader, Heart Health Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2015 Senior Research Fellow, Level C The University of Adelaide
    2015 Co-Director, Vascular Research Centre South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2015 Clinical Academic and Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Central Adelaide Local Health Network
    2010 - 2012 Senior Research Fellow Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Fellowship National Heart Foundation, Future Leader Fellow
    2010 Fellowship NHMRC CJ Martin Post-doctoral Overseas Biomedical Fellow
    2006 Scholarship 2006-9 National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation of Australia (co-funded), Post-graduate Biomedical Scholarship.
  • Research Interests

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Fluid Structure Interaction for Heart Attack Prediction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Harry James Carpenter
    2019 Principal Supervisor Lipidomics in the Study of Atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jake White
    2018 Principal Supervisor A Study of the Angiogenic Capacity and Endothelial Plasticity of a New Population of Vascular Adventitial Macrophage Progenitor Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Anna Emilie Williamson
    2018 Co-Supervisor Plaque rupture prediction in human arteries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alireza Gholipour
    2017 Co-Supervisor The Roles of the MNK Protein Kinases in Metabolic Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Edward Merrett
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Role of Resident Bone Macrophages in Multiple Myeloma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Khatora Shanae Opperman
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Novel Role of Eukaryotic Elongation Factor 2 Kinase (eEF2K) in Atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sanuja Fernando
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in an Ovine Model of Anthracycline-induced Non-ischaemic Cardiomyopathy Master of Medical Science Master Full Time Mr Angelo Carbone
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Grant Review Panel
    2016 - ongoing Member Research Executive Committee, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Heart, Lung and Circulation
    2011 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Deputy Theme Leader, Heart Heath Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2015 - ongoing Co-director, Vascular Research Centre, Heart Health Theme South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Position: Deputy Leader - Heart Health Theme
  • Phone: 82222473
  • Email: peter.psaltis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8222 2722
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 5
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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