Derek Chew


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Derek Chew is a clinical and interventional cardiologist as well as a clinical trialist and outcomes researcher in cardiovascular medicine. He has completed a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, with formal training in epidemiology, trial design, biostatistics, clinical trials and cost-effectiveness analysis. His PhD thesis explored the factors for improving heart attack care in Australia.

His current appointments are Professor of Cardiology Flinders University, and Regional Head of Cardiology for the Adelaide Health Service Southern Region. He is the Lifelong Health Theme Leader of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He has national and international roles in chest pain/ACS evidence generation, assimilation and translation. He has served as the National Co-ordinator Multicentre Clinical Trials: CHAMPION PCI (Cangrelor in PCI), CRISP (IABP in STEMI), VISTA-16 (Varespladib in ACS), PRESERVATION-1: (VENREM-201 in STEMI). In clinical guideline development he has led the Heart Foundation/CSANZ ACS Guidelines writing group 2016 and served on the European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for the management of ACS Writing committee 2015. Evidence translation activities include: Troponin 1 Study (RCT assessing impact of hs-TnT ED care) and RAPID TnT study (0/1 Hour protocols for the assessment of chest pain in the ED), SNAPSHOT ACS (ANZ evaluation of ACS care); CONCORDANCE registry (Ongoing detailed assessment of care and outcome of ACS patients); PREDICT Study (International evaluation of clinical risk prediction and barriers to delivering ACS care), and the ACT-2 Study ( Invasive management in type 2 MI).

At an Australian Government level, he chairs the Cardiovascular Disease Expert Advisory Group, the primary CV disease monitoring body of the AIHW; while providing expert advice to the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health care). He also Chairs the Quality Standards Committee of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Clinical Committee of the Heart Foundation. He has authored over 280 manuscripts and book chapters.

Education/Academic qualification

MB BS, University of Melbourne

Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

PhD, Flinders University

Masters, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA.

External positions

Professor of Cardiology, Flinders University of South Australia

Network Director of Cardiology, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Honorary Professorial Fellow, The George Institute for International Health

Chair, Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Acute Coronary Syndrome Management Guidelines writing committee 2016 . Workgroup for the complete formulation of ACS guidelines for the Australian clinical community

Chair, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Quality Standards Committee: The Cardiac Society’s committee responsible for review of clinical guidelines and performance standards

Ex-Chair, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Clinical Trials Council: The work group of the Cardiac Society responsible for fostering Australia and New Zealand’s contribution to cardiovascular clinical trials research.

Chair, Cardiovascular Disease Expert Advisory Group: The principal cardiovascular data monitoring committee for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Chair, National Heart Foundation, Clinical Issues Committee 2016-2019

Member, Australian Cardiac Outcomes Registry steering committee, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand: The Cardiac societies governance structure for the development and housing of clinical and procedural cardiac data in Australia.

Member, Australian and New Zealand Cardiovascular Clinical Trial Network Executive Committee


  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cardiology
  • Heath Data Science


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