• The University of Western Australia (M570), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 7820 Citations
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1989 …2020
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Biography

Graham Hillis is Head of the Department of Cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia, Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Director of Research for WA Health East Metropolitan Health Service and Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. 

He graduated in medicine from the University of Aberdeen and remained there for his basic medical training and to complete a PhD. He subsequently trained in cardiology in Edinburgh and the USA, including a 1 year British Heart Foundation fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. From 2002 to 2008 he was Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the University of Aberdeen and Consultant Cardiologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He moved to Sydney in 2008, working clinically as a cardiologist at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Medical Centre and continuing his research at the George Institute for Global Health, where from 2010 to 2015 he was Director of the Cardiovascular Division.

In addition to over 20 years of clinical cardiology experience, he has considerable expertise in the design, conduct and reporting of high quality clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine. He serves on the steering committees of several major national and international trials and on the end-point adjudication and data safety committees of several others. In the past 10 years he has been CI on 7 NHMRC project grants and 28 other grants, including grants totalling >$6 million in the past 5 years. He has over 150 career publications, including many in leading general and speciality journals. He has twice been awarded the Heart Foundation Ross Hohnen Prize for Research Excellence (in 2014 and 2018).

Current projects

FOR UWA PROJECTS PLEASE SEE BELOW.

OTHER PROJECTS (NOT ADMINISTERED THROUGH UWA):

Western Australia State Health Research Advisory Council Research Translation Grant. Spiro J, Hillis G, Schultz C, Geelhoed E. Impact of Rapid Access to cardiology Determined multi-modality testing among Individuals presenting with new onset Chest pain: improving quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness at Royal Perth HospitAL: The RADICAL project. 2016-2019. A$270,000.

NHMRC Project Grant. Chow C, Rodgers A, Hillis G, Schlaich M, Usherwood T, Webster R, Billot L. Quadruple UltrA-low-dose tReamenT for hypErTension (QUARTET) trial. APP1100377. 2016-2019. A$1,242,865

Western Australia Department of Health Research Translation Project. Hillis GS, Alcock R, Spiro J, Fatovich D, MacDonald S, Schultz C, Briffa T, Geelhoed E. The Single Troponin Accelerated Triage of low risk Chest Pain (STAT Chest Pain) study. 2017-2019. A$242,858.

NHMRC Project Grant. Briffa T, Cullen L, Chew D, Knuiman M, Fatovich D, Hickman P, Parsonage W, Nedkoff L, Sanfilippo F, Hillis GS. Is highly-sensitive troponin testing advancing clinical practice, improving outcomes and cost-effective in the investigation and management of chest pain in the Emergency Department? APP1122792. 2017-2020. A$1,197,000.

Western Australia Department of Health Research Translation Project. Rajwani A, Hillis GS, Schultz C, Stoyanov N, Geelhoed E, Schlaich M. The incremental utility of a devolved cardiac valvular and aortic disease clinic. 2018-2020. A$138,950.

Western Australia Department of Health Research Translation Project. Schultz C, Hillis GS, Briffa T, Reid C, Sanfilippo F, Li I. The West Australian Cardiac Outcomes Registry. 2018-2020. A$243,000.

Medical Research Foundation, Royal Perth Hospital. Winnall C, Hillis G, Spiro J, Alcock R, Fatovich D, MacDonald S. The UtiLitY of cardiac myosin binding protein C in the Early triage of low risk patients with Suspected acute coronary syndromes (ULYCES) study. 2018-2019. A$20,000.

Medical Research Foundation, Royal Perth Hospital. Chetty R, Hillis G, Rajwani A, Schlaich M, Schultz C, Reid C. The Quadruple UltrA-low-dose tReaTment for hypErTension (QUARTET) trial imaging sub-study. 2018-2019. A$20,000.

Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant. Winnall C, Hillis GS, MacDonald S, Fatovich S. The UtiLitY of cardiac myosin binding protein C in the Early triage of low risk patients with Suspected acute coronary syndromes (ULYCES) study. 2019-2020. A$75,000.

Medical Research Foundation, Royal Perth Hospital. Lee SC, Schultz C, Green D, Schlaich M, Hillis G. The effects of physical activity on the rate of progression of coronary artery calcification, plaque morphology and vascular dysfunction in diabetic patients without prior cardiovascular events. 2019-2020. A$20,000.

Medical Research Foundation, Royal Perth Hospital. Yau H-W, Hillis GS, Green D, Schultz C. An echocardiographic study comparing the effects of eccentric training to conventional (concentric) training in patients with heart failure. 2019-2020. A$20,000.

British Heart Foundation Project Grant. The Early surgery in severe ASYmptomatic Aortic Stenosis (EASY AS) trial. McCann G, Newby D, Akowuah E, Dweck M, Norrie J, Murphy G, Hillis G, Myles P, Lord J, Brookes C, Prendergast B. 2019-2029. £2,722,054.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD

Medicine, MBChB

Medicine, BMedBiol

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Curtin University of Technology

2018 → …

Director of Research , WA Health East Metropolitan Health Service

2017 → …

Head of Department of Cardiology, Royal Perth Hospital

2015 → …

Professorial Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

2015 → …

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Research Output 1989 2019

6 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Reaching cardiovascular prevention guideline targets with a polypill-based approach: a meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials

Selak, V., Webster, R., Stepien, S., Bullen, C., Patel, A., Thom, S., Arroll, B., Bots, M. L., Brown, A., Crengle, S., Dorairaj, P., Elley, C. R., Grobbee, D. E., Harwood, M., Hillis, G. S., Laba, T-L., Neal, B., Peiris, D., Rafter, N., Reid, C. & 5 othersStanton, A., Tonkin, A., Usherwood, T., Wadham, A. & Rodgers, A., Jan 2019, In : Heart. 105, 1, p. 42-48 7 p.

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Using the 6-minute walk test to predict disability-free survival after major surgery

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Assessment of functional capacity before major non-cardiac surgery: an international, prospective cohort study

METS Study Investigators, 30 Jun 2018, In : Lancet. 391, 10140, p. 2631-2640 10 p.

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Cohort Studies
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Metabolic Equivalent
Exercise
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Coronary Care Units
Hyperlipoproteinemia Type II
Lipoprotein(a)
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Lipoprotein(a)
LDL Cholesterol
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Projects 2015 2020