Dr Christian Verdicchio
Dr Verdicchio is clinician-researcher with extensive clinical, research and tertiary teaching experience in exercise physiology, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias and heart failure. His research interests have focused on assessing cardiopulmonary exercise responses and exercise interventions in patients with atrial fibrillation, and the physiological mechanisms promoting cardiac arrhythmias in endurance athletes. He completed his PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Prof Prash Sanders and was awarded Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for his PhD titled ‘Exercise in Atrial Fibrillation’.
Dr Verdicchio is the Heart Wellness & Cardiac Rehab Manager at Macquarie Health overseeing all operational facets of the program across the group’s 12-privately owned hospitals between Sydney and Melbourne, whilst holding a Clinical Senior Lecturer academic appointment at the University of Sydney and Research Fellow appointment at the University of Adelaide, continuing his research and supervision activities. He is also the ESC European Association of Preventive Cardiology Young Ambassador of Australia.
Dr Verdicchio’s research has been accepted to present at the leading heart rhythm society, cardiology and exercise science conferences globally and nationally including the Heart Rhythm Society, Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society, European Heart Rhythm Society, European Society of Cardiology and Cardiac Society of Australia. He has been selected as a finalist in the Young Investigator Award category at the 2018 ESSA Research to Practice, the 2019 and 2021 ESC Preventive Cardiology congresses, and selected as a finalist for the Early Career Researcher at the ESSA Research to Practice conference in 2021.