Peter Psaltis

Associate Professor, MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ

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A/Prof Peter J Psaltis (MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ, FESC)

Peter Psaltis is an academic interventional cardiologist and vascular biologist, who holds Faculty positions at SAHMRI, CALHN and the University of Adelaide. He is the Deputy Director of SAHMRI, co-leads its largest research department, the Lifelong Health Theme (>350 researchers), and leads its Heart and Vascular Program (60 researchers). Concurrently, he is also Head of Interventional Coronary Services in the Department of Cardiology, Royal Adelaide Hospital. Among other leadership positions, Psaltis is a Board Director of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance, past-president of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society, co-chair of the South Australian Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Leadership Group, and co-chair of the South Australian Cardiovascular Research Network. He also serves on the Scientific Committee of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, and was/is the national lead of the CLEAR Outcomes (Esperion) and SURMOUNT-MMO (Eli Lilly) clinical trials, and principal investigator of the multicenter COCOMO-ACS trial (NHMRC).


Psaltis has 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, coronary plaque imaging, the modelling of biomechanical forces in coronary arteries, and cardiometabolic disease. He currently holds a Level 3 National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship and has received >$22 million of peer-reviewed grant funding. This includes 4 CIA NHMRC project/idea grants, one of which received the 2020 Marshall and Warren Award for Innovation. Psaltis has published > 190 full-text manuscripts and has graduated 16 PhD (3 as principal supervisor, all Dean’s commendation, including one University Research Medal) and 11 Hons students (all first class).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide


External positions

President, Australian Atherosclerosis Society

2020 → …

Scientific Program Chair, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand


Level D Clinical Academic, University of Adelaide

2019 → …

Board Member, South Australian Postgraduate Medical Education Association (SAPMEA)

2018 → …

Member, Task Force, Acute Coronary Syndrome Task Force

2016 → …

Consultant Interventional and General Cardiologist, Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)

2015 → …


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stem Cells
  • Macrophages
  • Angiogenesis
  • Inflammation
  • Haemangioblasts
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Colchicine
  • Adventitia
  • Foam cells

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