Robert Fitridge

Dr Robert Fitridge

Professor of Vascular Surgery

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Professor Rob Fitridge (MBBS, MS, FRACS) is Professor of Vascular Surgery at University of Adelaide (2010- current) and Head of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Central Adelaide Local Health Network (Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital) and Lyell McEwin Health Service in Adelaide. He is also Head of the Multi-Disciplinary Diabetic Foot Service at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Lyell McEwin Health Service, which he co-founded in the mid-1990s.

He is most recognized for his work on predictive modelling of outcomes after endovascular aneurysm surgery (NHMRC-funded with 14 related publications). He also has extensive clinical and research experience in the management of chronic complex wounds particularly in diabetic patients. He was a member of the Baker IDI/ NHMRC working group, which developed national guidelines (“Prevention, Identification and Management of foot complications in diabetes”) for the management of the diabetic foot. He is also a member of the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot, which has just released updated guidelines for the assessment and management of diabetic foot disease (which is responsible for 60-70% of all major limb amputations.

Current Research Interests
  • Predictive outcome modelling following major surgical procedures
  • Evaluation of minimally invasive techniques in vascular surgery, including endoluminal repair of aortic aneurysms
  • Outcomes from interventions for the diabetic foot
  • Assessing optimal interventions in appropriate patients in the High Risk Clinic
Grants and Funding
2009-2013 Prospective Evaluation of a model to predict outcomes following endovascular aortic aneurysm repair RA Fitridge (CIA), M Boult, J Golledge, GJ Maddern, M Thompson, M Barnes NHMRC Research Grant $1,036,925
2009-2013 TQEH Vascular Diseases and Therapeutics Research Group; towards improved outcomes for vascular diseases JD Horowitz, JF Beltrame, RA Fitridge, RG Morris, CJ Zeitz, DP Wilson, BC Sallustio, YY Chirkov, JA Kennedy, PA Cowled TQEH Research Foundation Program Grant $1,180,000
2010-2014 National Centre of Research Excellence to Improve Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease J Golledge, B Kingwell, P Norman, A Tonkin, RA Fitridge, C Reid, P Walker, G Hankey, J Fletcher, M Nelson NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Grant $2,499,250
2011-2013 The role of the clotting cascade in aortic aneurysm and associated cardiovascular events J Golledge, C Rush, P Walker, RA Fitridge, R Muller NHMRC Project Grant $619,911
2012-2014 Economic Evaluation and Optimisation of Services for the Preoperative Assessment of and Management of High Risk Surgical Patients. J Karnon, C Gibb, RA Fitridge, V Marshall, J Field NHMRC Project Grant $386,155
2012-2016 TElmisartan in the management of abDominal aortic aneurYsm (TEDY) J Golledge, P Norman, P Walker, A Ahimastos, R Dalman, RA Fitridge NHMRC Project Grant $1,105,891
2015-2017 Predicting 12 month mortality risk in elderly patients after elective surgery C Pham, J Karnon, C Gibb, R Fitridge, G Maddern Health Services Charitable Gifts Board $252,000

 

  • Actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate student teaching
  • Involved in curriculum development for vascular surgical training
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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 Principal Supervisor Technological Developments in the Assessment and management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Full Time Beatrice Kah Poh Kuang
    2018 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Wound Healing Properties of Reconstituted High-Density Lipoprotein (rHDL) in Diabetes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Zahra Lotfollahi
    2017 Co-Supervisor Multifactorial intervention in patients with peripheral vascular disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Saman Laleh Parvar
    2017 Principal Supervisor Diabetic foot infection Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Part Time Mr Guilherme Nogueira Pena
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The effect of alcohol on pancreatic blood flow. An experimental study. Master of Surgery Master Full Time Mr Glen Leon Benveniste
    2007 - 2013 Co-Supervisor The Role of Cytoskeletal Protein Flightless 1 (FLII) in Diabetic Wound Healing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nadira Ruzehaji
    2006 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Non-Invasive Imaging of Atherosclerotic Plaque Prior to Percutaneous Interventional Procedures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Gary Yin Hoe Liew
    2004 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis in Major Vascular Surgery Master of Surgery Master Full Time Dr Tiffany Hassen
    2001 - 2003 Co-Supervisor ALTERATIONS OF FIBRONECTIN AND LAMININ AND EXPRESSION OF MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASES FOLLOWING SKELETAL MUSCLE ISCHEMIA - REPERFUSION INJURY Master of Surgery Master Full Time Dr Bulang He
    1999 - 2002 Co-Supervisor UPREGULATION OF MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASES -2 AND -9 AND TYPE IV COLLAGEN DEGRADATION IN SKELETAL MUSCLE REPERFUSION INJURY Doctor of Medicine Doctorate Full Time Dr Denise Roach
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Steering Committee, Global Vascular Guidelines for Severe Limb Ischaemia
    2014 - ongoing Member International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot
    2012 - ongoing Member NHMRC Grant Review Panel
    1994 - ongoing Member Mortality Review Committee
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2011 - 2012 President World Federation of Vascular Societies
    2010 - 2012 President Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Member European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
    2012 - ongoing Member The Vascular Specialist
    2010 - ongoing Editor ANZ Journal of Surgery
  • Position: Professor of Vascular Surgery
  • Phone: 82226752
  • Email: robert.fitridge@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8222 6028
  • Campus: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Building: QEH - Main Bldg, floor 6
  • Room: 6A
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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