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Associate Professor

image alt textBHB MB ChB (Auck) PhD (Edin) MPH FRACP FCSANZ FESC

Current roles

  • Associate Professor – Department of Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch
  • Consultant Interventional Cardiologist – Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury and the Christchurch Heart Group
  • Senior Research Fellow – University of Edinburgh

Professional and research interests

  • Coronary artery disease (angina and acute coronary syndrome)
  • Valvular heart disease (aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation)
  • Stroke prevention (PFO closure, LAA occlusion)
  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT)

Phil works in the Christchurch Heart Institute and is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist.

His clinical expertise is related to the treatment of coronary and structural heart diseases (coronary stenting, TAVI, PFO closure, etc).

His research focus is the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of cardiovascular disease using circulating and imaging biomarkers, particularly advanced cardiac CT imaging. He currently holds 2 project grants from the Health Research Council of NZ for multicentre trials investigating new approaches to the treatment of acute coronary syndromes. He is also an investigator for new devices being tested as minimally invasive treatments for structural heart disease and stroke prevention.

Outside of work he enjoys anything that gets him into the outdoors – running, hiking, and mountain biking.


McDermott, M., Meah, M. N., Khaing, P., Wang, K.-L., Ramsay, J., Scott, G., … Adamson, P. D., … Newby, D. E. (2024). Rationale and design of SCOT-HEART 2 Trial: CT Angiography for the prevention of myocardial infarction. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2024.05.016 Journal - Research Other

Kwiecinski, J., Wang, K.-L., Tzolos, E., Moss, A., Daghem, M., Adamson, P. D., … Newby, D. E. (2024). Sex differences in coronary atherosclerotic plaque activity using 18F-sodium fluoride positron emission tomography. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00259-024-06810-x Journal - Research Article

Greer, G., Chew-Harris, J., Adamson, P., Pemberton, C., Pickering, J., Pilbrow, A., Troughton, R., Doughty, R., Richards, M., & Frampton, C. (2024). Convalescent GDF-15 and long-term outcomes after acute coronary syndrome. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 33(Suppl. 2), (pp. S74-S75). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2024.04.256 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wang, K.-L., Balmforth, C., Meah, M. N., Daghem, M., Moss, A. J., Tzolos, E., … Adamson, P. D., … and the PRE18FFIR Investigators. (2024). Coronary atherosclerotic plaque activity and risk of myocardial infarction. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 83(22), 2135-2144. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2024.03.419 Journal - Research Article

Deep, A., Chan, C., Adamson, P. D., Troughton, R., & Woodcock, E. (2024). Isolated traumatic membranous interventricular septal rupture: A rare complication following a motor vehicle accident. CASE, 8(4), 303-307. doi: 10.1016/ Journal - Research Other

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