Stephen Nicholls


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Stephen Nicholls is Deputy Director and Heart Health Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He is Professor of Cardiology at the University of Adelaide, Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.  

He completed his medical training in Adelaide, cardiology training in Newcastle and his PhD at the Heart Research Institute, focusing on the anti-inflammatory properties of high-density lipoproteins. After a postdoctoral fellowship in plaque imaging, he was appointed to faculty at the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as the Medical Director of the Atherosclerosis Imaging Core Laboratory and Cardiovascular Director of the Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research.He returned to Australia in 2012 to take up his current positions in Adelaide. 

He has published more than 600 original manuscripts, conference proceedings and book chapters, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association and Nature Medicine. He is currently a Past President of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society and Treasurer of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.  His major research interests include studying the impact of metabolic factors influencing heart disease, development of novel plaque imaging modalities in clinical practice and performing large scale clinical trials of novel cardioprotective therapies.

Education / Academic qualification

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

2012 → …

American Heart Association

2011 → …

European Society of Cardiology

2010 → …

American College of Cardiology

2005 → …

Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

2001 → …

PhD, University of Adelaide


Bachelor's Degree, University of Adelaide


External positions

Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital

2013 → …

Professor of Cardiology, University of Adelaide

2012 → …

Cardiovascular Director, Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research, Cleveland, Ohio.


Director, Atherosclerosis Imaging Core Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic


Associate Director, Cardiovascular Coordinating Centre, Cleveland Clinic


Associate Director, Intravascular Ultrasound Core Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic


Clinical Research Director, Centre for Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Prevention, Cleveland Clinic


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Research Output 2001 2019

Comparing a novel equation for calculating low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with the Friedewald equation: A VOYAGER analysis

Palmer, M. K., Barter, P. J., Lundman, P., Nicholls, S. J., Toth, P. P. & Karlson, B. W. 1 Feb 2019 In : Clinical Biochemistry. 64, p. 24-29 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

7 Citations

ADCY9 genetic variants and cardiovascular outcomes with evacetrapib in patients with high-risk vascular disease a nested case-control study

Nissen, S. E., Pillai, S. G., Nicholls, S. J., Wolski, K., Riesmeyer, J. S., Weerakkody, G. J., Foster, W. M., Mcerlean, E., Li, L., Bhatnagar, P., Ruotolo, G. & Lincoff, A. M. 1 May 2018 In : JAMA Cardiology. 3, 5, p. 401-408 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

1 Citations

Adherence to activity monitoring devices or smartphone applications for improving physical activity in adults with cardiovascular disease: A systematic review protocol

Kourbelis, C., Franzon, J., Foote, J. W., Brown, A., Daniel, M., Coffee, N. T., Newman, P., Ganesan, A., Nicholls, S. & Clark, R. A. 16 Aug 2018 In : JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports. 16, 8, p. 1634-1642 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Adiponectin, free fatty acids, and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and acute coronary syndrome

Schrieks, I. C., Nozza, A., Stähli, B. E., Buse, J. B., Henry, R. R., Malmberg, K., Neal, B., Nicholls, S. J., Rydén, L., Mellbin, L., Svensson, A., Wedel, H., Weichert, A., Lincoff, A. M., Tardif, J. C., Grobbee, D. E. & Schwartz, G. G. 1 Aug 2018 In : Diabetes Care. 41, 8, p. 1792-1800 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

10 Citations

Advances in lipid-lowering therapy through gene-silencing technologies

Nordestgaard, B. G., Nicholls, S. J., Langsted, A., Ray, K. K. & Tybjærg-Hansen, A. 1 May 2018 In : Nature Reviews Cardiology. 15, 5, p. 261-272 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article


RT Hall Prize

Stephen Nicholls (Recipient), 31 Jul 2018