In this podcast, James Edwards chats with Christopher Wong about the management of cardiovascular disease in Indigenous Australians in remote Northern Territory , including the findings from his Doctor In Training Research Scholarship Project.
Summary Writer: Alice Sun
Script Writer: Sophie Offen
Editor: Christopher Wong
Interviewer: James Edwards
Interviewee: Christopher Wong
Dr Christopher X. Wong is an academic cardiologist with broad clinical and research interests in cardiovascular medicine.
Whilst studying medicine at the University of Adelaide, during which he held multiple leadership roles and was elected to the University Council, he was named a Rhodes Scholar. He read for Master’s degrees in clinical trials, epidemiology and population health at the University of Oxford, and subsequently completed a PhD in cardiovascular medicine. Christopher was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake further study and training in the United States at Harvard University and the University of California San Francisco.
Christopher’s clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology was undertaken at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has also spent time training at the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals in Oxford. In addition to a high volume of inpatient and outpatient consulting, he has wide experience in echocardiography (including transoesophageal and stress echocardiography), cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, and cardiac catheterisation. He is currently undertaking further subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), the American College of Cardiology (FACC), and the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), and an internationally recognised Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS).
Christopher’s research interests focus on the mechanisms, clinical treatment and public health implications of cardiovascular disease, particularly heart rhythm disorders. He has published over 70 journal articles in major general medical (Archives of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal), cardiovascular (Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal) and subspecialty journals (Heart Rhythm, JACC Clinical Electrophysiology, Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology). Furthermore, his research is presented regularly at international and national meetings, resulting in over 150 conference abstract proceedings.
He has held multiple Category 1 scholarships, fellowships and grants totalling over AUD 2 million dollars in funding. He reviews regularly for over 40 international journals, and sits on multiple national and international grant-funding committees, such as those of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. He has also been an invited faculty member at the leading international (Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions) and Asia-Pacific (Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions) heart rhythm conferences.
He is an Associate Editor and on the Editorial board for BMC Cardiovascular Disorders and European Heart Journal Case Reports. He is also an invited guideline committee member, most recently drafting guideline recommendations for the international Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) group. He is actively involved in supervising research students totalling two PhD students (one awarded Dean’s Commendation), two Master’s students, 3 Honours students, and 22 postgraduate students, and 13 undergraduate students, many of whom have won prizes for their works. He has also been recognised with awards for teaching of medical students.
He is currently a Consultant Cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Centre in Norwood, Adelaide, an Electrophysiology and Pacing Fellow at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, the latter supported by a National Heart Foundation of Australia Post-Doctoral Fellowship and a Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship.
With Dr Chris Wong, Cardiologist at Cardiovascular Centre, Norwood, and Electrophysiology Pacing Fellow at Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of preventable mortality and morbidity in Indigenous Australians 1. Although age-standardised cardiovascular disease mortality has fallen over the past few decades, it still accounts for a quarter of Australian and Torres Strait Islander death overall. On average, cardiovascular events and related mortality occur around 10-20 years earlier than in non-Indigenous Australians2.
In this podcast, we discuss the management of cardiovascular disease in Indigenous Australians in remote Northern Territory with cardiologist Dr Chris Wong, including the findings from his research project.
When the data was analysed in a multivariable model and adjusted for the comorbidities with race, the result demonstrated that the high burden of these risk factors was leading to Atrial Fibrillation in Indigenous Australians.
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