Frank Sanfilippo

Dr, BSc W.Aust., BPharm GradDipPharm WAIT, PhD W.Aust., FPS

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1470 Citations
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Personal profile


Dr Sanfilippo was awarded a PhD in clinical epidemiology in 2003 from the University of WA. He was later appointed as a research fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Group (School of Population Health, UWA) commencing in 2005, and was promoted to senior research fellow in August 2012. He is also a senior pharmacist at Royal Perth Hospital, with undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications in pharmacy, and started in hospital pharmacy in 1986. Hence, Dr Sanfilippo has a 30-year clinical work history and an 11-year history as a cardiovascular epidemiologist with expertise in linked data management and analyses, population-based cohort studies, coronary heart disease and pharmacoepidemiology. He is an affiliate member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Since 2001, he has been a chief investigator on 21 grants for a total of $6.1m, and associate investigator on a further 6 grants for a total of $1m.

Previous positions

Sep 2001 - Dec 2004: Research Associate, Centre for Health Services Research, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia - working on the project: WA Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM).

1 Jan 2005 - 6 May 2005: Project Officer, WA Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (0.4 FTE).

Current projects

1. MOCHAB: Management of coronary heart disease in the Indigenous population in Western Australia: from information to action.

2. WACARP: Evaluation of long-term clinical and health service outcomes following coronary artery revascularisation in Western Australia: future implications.

3. BAHHWA: More Informed Action to Improve Aboriginal Heart Health in Western Australia.

4. green tea: A pilot study of the effect of green tea polyphenols in untreated patients with early stage chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

5. WAMACH: Long-term use and cost-effectiveness of secondary prevention medications for heart disease in Western Australian seniors.

6. Improving the safety and cost effectiveness of the medication supply process in Western Australian hospitals.

7. AUS-MOCHA: Is the incidence of heart attack still decreasing in Australia? Developing more reliable methods for monitoring trends in myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease.


Cardiovascular disease, Cardiovascular treatment, pharmacoepidemiology, clinical epidemiology, cohort studies, population studies




  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology and control
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Linked data analysis
  • Cohort studies
  • Population-based studies

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Myocardial Infarction Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

Surgical Specialties
Erythrocyte Transfusion
Length of Stay
Cohort Studies

Bowel patterns, gastrointestinal symptoms, and emotional well-being in adolescents - A cohort study: Gastrointestinal symptoms in adolescents

Ayonrinde, O. T., Sanfilippo, F. M., O'Sullivan, T. A., Adams, L. A., Ayonrinde, O. A., Robinson, M., Oddy, W. H. & Olynyk, J. K., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia). 34, 11, p. 1946-1954 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Welfare
Cohort Studies
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Open Access
Acute Disease
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Cardiovascular Diseases

Comparative trends in coronary heart disease subgroup hospitalisation rates in England and Australia

Nedkoff, L., Goldacre, R., Greenland, M., Goldacre, M. J., Lopez, D., Hall, N., Knuiman, M., Hobbs, M., Sanfilippo, F. M. & Wright, F. L., 4 Apr 2019, In : Heart. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Coronary Disease
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Unstable Angina

Projects 2001 2020

Press / Media

Pulmonary rehabilitation study on firmer foot

Derrick Lopez & Frank Sanfilippo


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Press/Media: Press / Media