Dr Christopher X Wong

Dr Christopher X Wong
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit Medical Specialties
 Email c.wong@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 7074 1787
 Location Floor/Room 4G ,  RAH ,   Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Christopher X Wong MBBS MSc MPH PhD FRACP FACC FESC CCDS is a clinical and academic cardiologist with broad interests in cardiovascular medicine, heart rhythm disorders, and public health.

    He attended Pembroke School on full scholarship, graduating as Dux and with a maximum tertiary entrance rank (top 0.05%). After studying medicine at the University of Adelaide, where he was an elected member of the University Council, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. He read for masters degrees in clinical trials, epidemiology and population health at the University of Oxford, and subsequently completed a PhD in cardiovascular medicine. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to gain further experience in the United States.

    Chris is a currently Consultant Cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Centre, an Electrophysiology Fellow at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders (CHRD), University of Adelaide, supported by a National Heart Foundation of Australia Post-Doctoral Fellowship and a Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP), American College of Cardiology (FACC), and European Society of Cardiology (FESC), and an internationally Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS).

    He has published over 200 journal articles and conference proceedings (75% first, second or last author, attracting >3000 citations, h-index 27), 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). He has held multiple Category 1 scholarships, fellowships and grants totalling over AUD 1.7 million dollars in funding. He reviews regularly for over 40 international journals, and sits on multiple 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 actively involved in supervising research students and has been recognised with awards for teaching of medical students.

  • Awards & Achievements

    Selected Awards & Achievements

    • 2020: Fulbright Scholarship
    • 2019: The Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship
    • 2019: National Heart Foundation (NHF) of Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship
    • 2018: Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Trainee Research Award
    • 2017: Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Robert Maple-Brown Research Establishment Fellowship
    • 2015: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Neil Hamilton Fairley Clinical Fellowship
    • 2013: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship
    • 2012: Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand McCredie-Wilcken Fellowship (Top-Ranked Applicant)
    • 2010: Rhodes Scholarship
    • 2010: Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Poster Prize (First Place)
    • 2008: Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Affiliate Prize (First Place)
    • 2005: Australian Federal Government Student Prize
    • 2004: Dux of Pembroke School (Attended on Full Scholarship)
  • Publications

    Invited Editorials & Reviews

    1. Agbaedeng T, Wong CX, Lau DH, Mahajan R. Peri-atrial Epicardial Adipose Tissue: A Marker of Thromboembolism. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology 2019 (accepted)
    2. Middeldorp M, Wong CX, Gallagher C, Elliott AD, Lah DH, Sanders P. No Time to Weight: Obesity Through Life and Atrial Fibrillation Risk. European Heart Journal 2019 (accepted)
    3. Gallagher C, Sanders P, Wong CX. Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation in Cirrhosis of the Liver: Are Low-Dose Non-Vitamin K Oral Anticoagulants a Reasonable Alternative to Warfarin?  Journal of the American Heart Association 2019; 8(5): e012102
    4. Wong CX, Brown A, Lau DH, Chugh SS, Albert CM, Kalman JM, Sanders P. Epidemiology of Sudden Cardiac Death: Global and Regional Perspectives. Heart, Lung and Circulation 2019; 28(1):6-14. 
    5. Wong CX, Brown A, Tse HF, Albert CM, Kalman JM, Marwick TH, Lau DH, Sanders P. Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation: The Australian and Asia-Pacific Perspective. Heart, Lung and Circulation 2017; 26(9): 870-879
    6. Wong CX, Ganesan AN, Selvanayagam JB. Epicardial Fat and Atrial Fibrillation: Current Evidence, Potential Mechanisms, Clinical Implications and Future Directions. European Heart Journal 2017; 38(17):1294-1302
    7. Wong CX, Lau DH, Sanders P. Atrial Fibrillation Epidemic and Hospitalizations: How to Turn the Rising Tide? Circulation 2014; 129(23):2361-3
    8. Wong CX, Mahajan R, Pathak R, Twomey DJ, Sanders P. The Role of Pericardial and Epicardial Fat in Atrial Fibrillation Pathophysiology and Ablation Outcomes. Journal of Atrial Fibrillation 2013; 5(5):37-43

    Journal Articles

    1. Sun MT, Huang S, Wiviott SD, Antman EM, Roe MT, Ohman EM, Neely M, Wallentin L, Wong CX. Meta-Analysis of Intraocular Bleeding with P2Y12 Inhibitors Prasugrel and Ticagrelor. American Journal of Cardiology 2020 (accepted)
    2. Emami M, Wong CX, Tu S, Sanders P, Young GD. Institutional Variation in CIED Implantation: Is it Appropriate to Use Administrative Databases? Annals of Internal Medicine 2020 (accepted)
    3. Sun DF, Kangaharan N, Costello B, Nicholls SJ, Emdin CA, Tse R, Gallagher C, Kaur A, Roberts-Thomson KC, Mahajan R, Lau DH, Sanders P, Wong CX. Epicardial and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Individuals: Implications for Cardiometabolic Diseases. Obesity, Research and Clinical Practice 2019 (accepted)
    4. Nguyen MT, Gallagher C, Pitman BM, Emami M, Kadhim K, Hendriks JM, Middeldorp ME, Roberts-Thomson KC, Mahajan R, Lau DH, Sanders P, Wong CX. Quality of Warfarin Anticoagulation in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians with Atrial Fibrillation. Heart, Lung and Circulation 2019 (accepted)
    5. Gallagher C, Hendriks JML, Giles L, Karnon J, Pham C, Elliott AD, Middeldorp ME, Mahajan R, Lau DH, Sanders P, Wong CX. Increasing trends in hospitalisations due to atrial fibrillation in Australia. Heart 2019; 106(17):1358-1363
    6. Mahajan R, Pathak RK, Nelson A, Middeldorp M, Wong CX, Twomey DJ, Carbone A, Teo K, Agbaedeng T, Linz D, de Groot JR, Kalman JM, Lau DH, Sanders P. Electroanatomical Remodeling of the Atria in Obesity: Impact of Adjacent Epicardial Fat. JACC Clinical Electrophysiology 2018; 4(12):1529-1540
    7. Philcox W, Garland J, Zaidi F, Morrow P, Kesha K, Stables S, Wong CX, Spark A, Tse R. Higher Heart Weight in New Zealand Maori and Pacific Islanders. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 2018; 39(3):208-212
    8. Haji K, Wong CX, Chandra N, Truong N, Corkhill W, Kaethner A, Naing P, Abeyaratne A, Brady SJ, Kangaharan N. Pulmonary Hypertension in Central Australia: A Community-Based Cohort Study. Heart, Lung and Circulation 2018 (online early)
    9. Tse R, Wong CX, Kesha K, Garland J, Anne S, Elstub H, Cala AD, Patchett KL. Postmortem Tryptase Cut-off Level for Anaphylactic Death. Forensic Science International 2018; 284;5-8
    10. Sun MT, Wong CX. Risk of Intraocular Bleeding and Novel Anticoagulants. JAMA Ophthalmology 2017; 135(11):1281-1282 
    11. Wong CX. Atrial Fibrillation, Hip Fracture, and Oral Anticoagulation Therapy. International Journal of Cardiology 2017; 249:260
    12. Gallagher C, Hendriks JML, Elliot AD, Wong CX, Rangnekar G, Middeldorp ME, Mahajan R, Lau DH, Sanders P. Alcohol and Incident Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Cardiology 2017; 243: 229-232 
    13. Sun MT, Wood M, Chan W, Selva D, Sanders P, Wong CX. Intraocular Bleeding with Novel Anticoagulants Compared to Warfarin: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. JAMA Ophthalmology 2017; 135(11):1281-1282
    14. Wong CX, Gan S, Lee SW, Gallagher C, Kinnear NJ, Lau DH, Mahajan R, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. Atrial Fibrillation and Risk of Hip Fracture: A Population-Based Analysis of 113,600 Individuals. International Journal of Cardiology 2017; 243:229-232
    15. Gallagher C, Elliott AD, Wong CX, Rangnekar G, Middeldorp ME, Mahajan R, Lau DH, Sanders P, Hendriks JML. Integrated Care in Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Heart 2017; 103("4): 1947-1953
    16. Pathak RK, Evans M, Middeldorp ME, Mahajan R, Mehta AB, Meredith M, Twomey D, Wong CX, Hendriks JML, Abhayaratna WP, Kalman JM, Lau DH, Sanders P. Cost-Effectiveness and Clinical Effectiveness of the Risk Factor Management Clinic in Atrial Fibrillation: the CENT Study. JACC Clinical Electrophysiology 2017; 3(5):436-447
    17. Wong CX, Sun MT, Odutayo A, Emdin CA, Mahajan R, Lau DH, Pathak RK, Wong DT, Selvanayagam JB, Sanders P, Clarke R. Associations of Epicardial, Abdominal and Overall Adiposity with Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 2016; 9(12): e004378
    18. Odutayo A, Wong CX, Hsiao AJ, Hopewell SG, Altman DG, Emdin CA. Atrial Fibrillation and the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease, Renal Disease and Death: A Meta-Analysis. British Medical Journal 2016; 354:4482
    19. Odutayo A, Wong CX, Williams R, Hunn B, Emdin CA. Prognostic Importance of Atrial Fibrillation Timing and Pattern in Adults with Congestive Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Cardiac Failure 2016; 23(1): 56-52
    20. Emdin CA, Odutayo A, Wong CX, Tran J, Hsiao AJ, Hunn BH. Meta-Analysis of Anxiety as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease. American Journal of Cardiology 2016; 118(4):511-9
    21. Odutayo A, Wong CX, Farkouh M, Altman DG, Hopewell SG, Emdin CA, Hunn BH. Acute Kidney Injury and Long-Term Risk for Cardiovascular Events and Mortality. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2016; 28(1): 377-387
    22. Wong CX, Odutayo A, Emdin CA, Kinnear NJ, Sun MT. Meta-Analysis of Anticoagulation Use, Stroke, Thromboembolism, Bleeding and Mortality in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation on Dialysis. American Journal of Cardiology 2016; 117(12):1934-41
    23. Emdin CA, Wong CX, Hsiao AJ, Altman DG, Peters SA, Woodward M, Odutayo A. Atrial Fibrillation As Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease and Death in Women Compared with Men: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies. British Medical Journal 2016; 352:7013
    24. Wong CX, Sullivan T, Sun MT, Mahajan R, Pathak RK, Middeldorp M, Twomey D, Ganesan AN, Rangnekar G, Roberts-Thomson KC, Lau DH, Sanders P. Obesity and the Risk of Incident, Post-Operative and Post-Ablation Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-Analysis of 626,603 Individuals in 51 Studies. JACC Clinical Electrophysiology 2015; 1(3):139-152
    25. Wong CX, Lee SW, Gan S, Mahajan R, Rangnekar G, Pathak RK, Twomey D, Schultz C, Ganesan AN, Brooks AG, Roberts-Thomson KC, Brown A, Lau DH, Sanders P. Underuse and Overuse of Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Study in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. International Journal of Cardiology 2015; 191:20-4
    26. Pathak RK, Middeldorp ME, Meredith M, Mehta AB, Mahajan R, Wong CX, Twomey D, Elliott AD, Kalman JM, Abhayaratna WP, Lau DH, Sanders P. Long-Term Effect of Goal Directed Weight Management in an Atrial Fibrillation Cohort: A Long-term Follow-up Study (LEGACY Study). Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2015; 65(20):2159-69
    27. Wong CX, Brooks AG, Cheng Y, Lau DH, Rangnekar G, Roberts-Thomson KC, Kalman JM, Brown A, Sanders P. Atrial Fibrillation in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians: A Cross-Sectional Study. BMJ Open 2014; 4(10):6242
    28. Lim HS, Schultz C, Dang J, Alasady M, Lau DH, Brooks AG, Wong CX, Roberts-Thomson KC, Young GD, Worthley MI, Sanders P, Willoughby SR. Time Course of Inflammation, Myocardial Injury and Prothrombotic Response Following Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 2014; 7(1):83-9
    29. Wong CX, Sun MT, Lau DH, Brooks AG, Sullivan T, Worthley MI, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. Nationwide Trends in the Incidence of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Australia. American Journal of Cardiology 2013; 112(2):169-73
    30. Lau DH, Middeldorp ME, Brooks AG, Roberts-Thomson KC, Stiles MK, Leong DP, Abed HS, Lim HS, Wong CX, Willoughby SR, Young GD, Kalman JM, Abhayaratna WP, Sanders P. Aortic Stiffness in Lone Atrial Fibrillation: A Novel Risk Factor for Arrhythmia Recurrence. PLoS One 2013; 8(8):76776
    31. Mahajan R, Kuklik P, Grover S, Brooks AG, Wong CX, Sanders P, Selvanayagam JB. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance of Total and Atrial Pericardial Adipose Tissue: A Validation Study and Development of a 3 Dimensional Pericardial Adipose Tissue Model. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2013; 15:73
    32. Wong CX, Sun MT, Cheng Y, Dang J, Barlow DS, Chia NH, Wong NX, Wong MX, Lau DH, Brooks AG, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. Temporal and Comparative Outcomes of Cardiac Electrophysiology Abstracts. American Journal of Cardiology 2013; 112(2):251-4
    33. Burch A*, Wong CX*, Sullivan T, Brooks AG, Leong DP, Lau DH, Sun MT, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. Trends in the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Australia: A 10-Year Nationwide Study from 2000-2009. Internal Medicine Journal 2013; 43(8):888-95
    34. Lau DH, Shipp NJ, Kelly DJ, Thanigaimani S, Neo M, Kuklik P, Lim HS, Zhang Y, Drury K, Wong CX, Chia NH, Brooks AG, Dimitri H, Saint DA, Brown L, Sanders P. Atrial Arrhythmia in Ageing Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats: Unraveling the Substrate in Hypertension and Ageing. PLoS One 2013; 8(10):72416
    35. Kumar S, Walters TE, Halloran K, Morton JB, Hepworth G, Wong CX, Kistler PM, Sanders P, Kalman JM. Ten-Year Trends in the Use of Catheter Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation Versus the Use of Coronary Intervention for the Treatment of Ischemic Heart Disease in Australia. Europace 2013; 15(12):1702-09
    36. Wong CX, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. The Burden of Hospitalizations for Atrial Fibrillation.  Archives of Internal Medicine 2012; 172(22):1770
    37. Wong CX, Brooks AG, Lau DH, Leong DP, Sun MT, Sullivan T, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. Factors Associated With the Epidemic of Hospitalizations Due to Atrial Fibrillation. American Journal of Cardiology 2012; 110(10):1496-9
    38. Wong CX, John B, Brooks AG, Chandy ST, Kuklik P, Lau DH, Stiles MK, Dimitri H, Sullivan T, Kalman JM, Sanders P. Direction Dependent Conduction Abnormalities in the Chronically Stretched Atria. Europace 2012; 14(7):954-61
    39. Chouhan H, Wong CX, Maharaj P, Robinson J, Thomas M, Lawrence M, Hunter A, Moore JW. Colorectal Stenting for Malignant Obstruction: An Eight Year Clinical Experience. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2012; 82(6):408-11 
    40. Wong CX, Brooks AG, Leong DP, Roberts-Thomson KC, Sanders P. The Increasing Burden of Atrial Fibrillation Compared to Heart Failure and Myocardial Infarction: A 15 Year Study of All Hospitalizations in Australia. Archives of Internal Medicine 2012; 172(9):739-741
    41. Wong CX, Carson KV, Smith BJ. Home Care by Outreach Nursing for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2012; 4:CD000994.
    42. Wong CX, Lim HS, Schultz CD, Sanders P, Worthley MI, Willoughby SR. Assessment of Endothelial Function in Atrial Fibrillation: Utility of Peripheral Arterial Tonometry. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology 2012; 39(2):141-4
    43. Sun MT, Wong CX, Casson RJ, Selva D. Trends and Impact of Ophthalmology Research. Ophthalmology 2011; 118(6):1216
    44. Wong CX, Abed HS, Molaee P, Sanders P. Distinction of ‘Fat Around the Heart’.Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2011; 58(15)1640-1641
    45. Wong CX, Carson KV, Smith BJ. Home Care by Outreach Nursing for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011; 3:CD000994
    46. Wong CX, Abed HS, Molaee P, Nelson AJ, Brooks AG, Sharma G, Leong DP, Lau DH, Middeldorp ME, Roberts-Thomson KC, Wittert GA, Abhayaratna W, Worthley SG, Sanders P. Pericardial Fat is Associated with Atrial Fibrillation Severity and Ablation Outcome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2011; 57(17):1745-1751
    47. Lau DH, Psaltis PJ, Carbone A, Kelly DJ, Mackenzie L, Worthington M, Metcalf RG, Kuklik P, Nelson AJ, Zhang Y, Wong CX, Brooks AG, Saint DA, James MJ, Edwards J, Young GD, Worthley SG, Sanders P. Atrial Protective Effects of n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: A Long Term Study in Chronic Heart Failure. Heart Rhythm 2011; 8(4):575-82
    48. Lau DH, Psaltis PJ, Mackenzie L, Kelly DJ, Carbone A, Nelson AJ, Worthington M, Zhang Y, Kuklik P, Wong CX, Edwards J, Saint DA, Worthley SG, Sanders P. Atrial Remodeling in a Novel Model of Anthracycline-Induced Persistent Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: “Remodeling of a Same Sort”. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology 2011; 22(2):175-82
    49. Roberts-Thomson RL, Kirchner SD, Wong CX. MD: the New MBBS? Medical Journal of Australia 2010; 193(11/12):660-1
    50. Wong CX, Nelson AJ, Roberts-Thomson RL. National Approaches for Medical School Entry. Medical Journal of Australia 2010; 193(7):428
    51. Wong CX, Whitehouse SJ, Crowhurst TD, Roberts-Thomson RL. Restricted career paths for overseas students graduating from Australian medical schools: legal and policy considerations. Medical Journal of Australia 2010; 193(4):245-6
    52. Wong CX, Stiles MK, John B, Brooks AG, Lau DH, Dimitri H, Kuklik P, Shipp NJ, Sullivan T, Sanders P. Direction-Dependent Conduction in Lone Atrial Fibrillation.Heart Rhythm 2010; 7(9):1192-1199 
    53. Lau DH, Mackenzie L, Kelly DJ, Psaltis PJ, Brooks AG, Worthington M, Rajendram A, Kelly DR, Zhang Y, Kuklik P, Nelson AJ, Wong CX, Worthley SG, Rao M, Edwards J, Saint DA, Sanders P. Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation: Evidence of Progressive Atrial Remodeling with Electro-structural Correlate in a Conscious Chronically Instrumented Ovine Model. Heart Rhythm 2010; 7(9):1282-1290
    54. Stiles MK, Wong CX, John B, Kuklik P, Brooks AG, Lau DH, Dimitri H, Wilson L, Young GD, Sanders P. Characterization of Atrial Remodeling Studied Remote from Episodes of Typical Atrial Flutter. American Journal of Cardiology 2010: 106:528-534
    55. Willoughby SR, Roberts-Thomson RL, Lim HS, Prabhu A, De Sciscio P, Wong CX, Worthley MI, Sanders P. Atrial Platelet Reactivity in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Heart Rhythm; 7(9):1178-1183
    56. Kuklik P, Wong CX, Brooks AG, Zebrowski JJ, Sanders P. Role of Spiral Wave Pinning in Inhomogeneous Active Media in the Termination of Atrial Fibrillation by Electrical Cardioversion. Computers in Biology and Medicine 2010; 40:363-372
    57. Wong CX, Wong MX, Wong NX, Sun MT, Brooks AG, Stiles MK, Lau DH, Nelson AJ, De Sciscio P, Shipp NJ, Sanders P. Impact of Research Presentations at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society. Heart Rhythm 2009; 6(9):1345-1348
    58. Wong CX. Selecting students for medical school: an evidenced-based approach. Internal Medicine Journal 2009; 39(4):271-272
    59. Stiles MK, John B, Wong CX, Kuklik P, Brooks AG, Lau DH, Dimitri H, Roberts-Thomson KC, Wilson L, De Sciscio P, Young GD, Sanders P. Paroxysmal lone atrial fibrillation is associated with abnormal atrial substrate: Characterising the “second factor. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2009; 53(14):1182-1191
    60. Wong CX, Roberts-Thomson RL. Does practice make perfect? The effect of coaching and retesting on selection tests used for admission to an Australian medical school. Medical Journal of Australia 2009; 190(2):101-102
    61. Brooks AG, Wilson L, Kuklik P, Stiles MK, John B, Shashidhar, Dimitri H, Lau DH, Roberts-Thomson RL, Wong CX, Young GD, Sanders P, Image Integration Using NavX Fusion: Initial Experience and Validation, Heart Rhythm 2008; 5(4):526-535

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