Biography

Dr Andrew Newcomb is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon located in Victoria at the St Vincent’s Private Hospital where he is also the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr Newcomb is also a Visiting Medical Officer at the Epworth Hospitals in Richmond and Box Hill, Knox Private Hospital, and the Albury Private and Public Hospitals.

Completing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Andrew completed his training at Hospitals across Queensland and Victoria. Following this, he spent a year as a Cardiac Surgery Fellow at the Toronto General Hospital in Canada.

Dr Newcomb is trained in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery including heart failure, congenital, thoracic and aortic surgery, as well as pacemaker implantation. He has a special interest in complex aortic valve surgery, minimally invasive techniques for valve surgery, and defibrillator and pacemaker implants and revisions.

Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Arterial Revascularisation
  • Coronary Surgery
  • Endovascular Treatment of an Aortic Dissection
  • Epicardial Left Ventricular Lead Insertion
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Complex Aortic Surgery
  • Valve-sparing Aortic Root Replacement (also known as the David Procedure)
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement: RAT & Hemi
  • Robotic Surgery
Conditions Treated
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart Failure
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease

Experience

  • Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    St Vincent's Health 2013 - Present
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    St Vincent's Health 2008 - Present
  • Visiting Medical Officer
    St Vincent's and Mercy Private Hospital, Epworth Hospitals (Richmond and Box Hill), Knox Private Hospital, Albury Private and Public Hospital Present

Memberships

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • 2010

    International Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • 2010

    International Member of the European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • 2009

    Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

  • 2007

    Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

  • 2007

    Member of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • 1995

    Australian Medical Association

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Tham JLM, Adams H, Paleri S, Wright C, Dimitriou J, Newcomb A, MacIsaac AI, Whitbourn RJ, Palmer SC. Clinical outcomes of self-expandable vs. balloon-expandable TAVI for severe aortic stenosis. Acta Cardiologica. 2019:1-8.

2. Conte SM, Florisson DS, De Bono JA, Davies RA, Newcomb AE. Levosimendan Following Cardiac Surgery. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2019;28(3):e19-e20.

3. O’Brien J, Saxena A, Reid CM, Tran L, Baker RA, Newcomb A, Smith J, Huq MM, Duffy SJ. Thirty-day outcomes in Indigenous Australians following coronary artery bypass grafting. Intern Med J. 2018;48(7):780-785.

4. Ninkovic S, McQuilten Z, Gotmaker R, Newcomb AE, Cole-Sinclair MF. Platelet transfusion is not associated with increased mortality or morbidity in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Transfusion. 2018;58(5):1218-1227.

5. Nie S, Wang X, Sivakumaran P, Chong MMW, Liu X, Karnezis T, Bandara N, Takov K, Nowell CJ, Wilcox S, Shambrook M, Hill AF, Harris NC, Newcomb AE, Strappe P, Shayan R, Hernández D, Clarke J, Hanssen E, Davidson SM, Dusting GJ, Pébay A, Ho JWK, Williamson N, Lim SY. Biologically active constituents of the secretome of human W8B2+ cardiac stem cells. Scientific Reports. 2018;8(1):1579.

6. Gooley R, Worthley SG, Whitbourn RJ, Montarello J, Newcomb AE, Allocco DJ, Meredith IT. Final results from the REPRISE I study: five-year clinical outcomes with the repositionable and fully retrievable LOTUS valve system. EuroIntervention. 2018;14(11):e1180-e1182.

7. Florisson DS, DeBono JA, Davies RA, Newcomb AE. Does minimally invasive coronary artery bypass improve outcomes compared to off-pump coronary bypass via sternotomy in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting? Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2018;27(3):357-364.

8. Adams HS, Ashokkumar S, Newcomb A, MacIsaac AI, Whitbourn RJ, Palmer S. A Contemporary Review of Severe Aortic Stenosis. Internal Medicine Journal. 2018;0(ja).

9. Smith AL, Shi WY, Rosalion A, Yii M, O’Keefe M, Newcomb AE, Davis P. Rapid-Deployment Versus Conventional Bio-Prosthetic Aortic Valve Replacement. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2017;26(2):187-193.

10. Paratz ED, Gutman JM, Newcomb AE. The Sinister Mammary Hematoma: Extreme Pacing Lead Perforation Into the Breast. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 2017;3(9):1060-1061.

11. Page S, Hallam J, Pradhan N, Cowie B, Phan T, McGlade D, Rosalion A, Newcomb A, Yii M. Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion Using the AtriClip Device: A Case Series. Heart Lung Circ. 2017.

12. Nie S, Wang X, Sivakumaran P, Chong MMW, Liu X, Karnezis T, Bandara N, Takov K, Nowell CJ, Wilcox S, Shambrook M, Hill AF, Harris NC, Newcomb AE, Strappe P, Shayan R, Hernández D, Clarke J, Hanssen E, Davidson SM, Dusting GJ, Pébay A, Ho JWK, Williamson N, Lim SY. Biologically active constituents of the secretome of human W8B2+ cardiac stem cells – ESGCT Scientific Reports. 2017;8(1):1579.

13. Zweng I, Shi WY, Palmer S, MacIsaac A, Whitbourn R, Davis P, Newcomb AE. Transcatheter versus Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in High-risk Patients: A propensity-Score matched analysis. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2016.

14. Smith AL, Shi WY, Rosalion A, Yii M, O’Keefe M, Newcomb AE, Davis P. Rapid-Deployment Versus Conventional Bio-Prosthetic Aortic Valve Replacement. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2016.

15. Shi WY, Tatoulis J, Newcomb AE, Rosalion A, Fuller JA, Buxton BF. Is a third arterial conduit necessary? Comparison of the radial artery and saphenous vein in patients receiving bilateral internal thoracic arteries for triple vessel coronary disease. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 2016;50(1):53-60.

16. Sharing TICoIfFiTD. Toward Fairness in Data Sharing. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;375(5):405-407.

17. Saxena A, Dhurandhar V, Bannon PG, Newcomb AE. The Benefits and Pitfalls of the Use of Risk Stratification Tools in Cardiac Surgery. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2016.

18. Newcomb A. Correspondence to HLC re: Paper by Furniss GO, HLC (2015) 24, 1094-1103. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2016.

19. Edward K-l, Stephenson J, Giandinoto J-A, Wilson A, Whitbourn R, Gutman J, Newcomb A. An Australian longitudinal pilot study examining health determinants of cardiac outcomes 12 months post percutaneous coronary intervention. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 2016;16(1):1-8.

20. Zweng I, Shi W, Palmer S, Smith A, MacIsaac A, Whitbourne R, Davis P, Newcomb A. Transcatheter versus Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in High-risk Patients: The St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne experience. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015;25(8):e118.

21. Zhang Y, Sivakumaran P, Newcomb AE, Hernandez D, Harris N, Khanabdali R, Liu GS, Kelly DJ, Pebay A, Hewitt AW, Boyle A, Harvey R, Morrison WA, Elliott DA, Dusting GJ, Lim SY. Cardiac Repair With a Novel Population of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Resident in the Human Heart. Stem Cells. 2015;33(10):3100-3113.

22. Shi WY, Hayward PA, Tatoulis J, Rosalion A, Newcomb AE, Fuller JA, Buxton BF. Are all forms of total arterial revascularization equal? A comparison of single versus bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting strategies. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015.

23. Shi WY, Hayward PA, Fuller JA, Tatoulis J, Rosalion A, Newcomb AE, Buxton BF. Is the radial artery associated with improved survival in older patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting? An analysis of a multicentre experiencedagger. Eur J, Cardiothorac Surg. 2015.

24. Saxena A, Newcomb AE, Dhurandhar V, Bannon PG. Application of Clinical Databases to Contemporary Cardiac Surgery Practice: Where are we now? Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015.

25. Saxena A, Kapoor J, Dinh DT, Smith JA, Shardey GC, Newcomb AE. Preoperative atrial fibrillation is an independent predictor of worse early and late outcomes after isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery. J Cardiol. 2015;65(3):224-229.

26. Prior DL, Somaratne JB, Jenkins AJ, Yii M, Newcomb AE, Schalkwijk CG, Black MJ, Kelly DJ, Campbell DJ. Calibrated integrated backscatter and myocardial fibrosis in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Open Heart. 2015;2(1):e000278.

27. McQuilten ZK, Andrianopoulos N, van de Watering L, Aubron C, Phillips L, Bellomo R, Pilcher D, Cameron P, Reid CM, Cole-Sinclair MF, Newcomb A, Smith J, McNeil JJ, Wood EM. Introduction of universal prestorage leukodepletion of blood components, and outcomes in transfused cardiac surgery patients. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;150(1):216-222.

28. Lonie S, Hallam J, Yii M, Davis P, Newcomb A, Nixon I, Rosalion A, Ricketts S. Changes in the management of deep sternal wound infections: a 12-year review. ANZ, Journal of Surgery 2015.

29. Shi WY, Yap CH, Newcomb AE, Hayward PA, Tran L, Reid CM, Smith JA. Impact of socioeconomic status and rurality on early outcomes and mid-term survival after CABG: insights from a multicentre registry. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2014;23(8):726-736.

30. Shan L, Buratto E, Conaglen P, Davis P, Yii M, Nixon I, Newcomb A. Prophylactic epicardial left ventricular lead implantation for biventricular pacing during operations. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014;97(2):603-608.

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Presentations

  • Newcomb A. Cardiac devices – indications for insertion & post implant complications. Paper presented at: GP Education Program – Cardiac in Albury: Heart Failure Cardiac Devices and a Cardiology Service Outlook; 14th November 2018, 2018; Albury.
  • Florrison D, Conte SM, Bono JAD, Newcomb A. Centrifugal vs. Axial Left Ventricular Assist Devices – Does Device Design Change Patient Outcomes? – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM, 2018; Noosa.
  • Patrick McElduff JP, Paul Bannon, Rebecca Dignan, Andrew Newcomb, Georgia Psarros. A causal model to estimate the incremental cost of cardiac surgery mediated by return to theatre for bleeding – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: 10th Health Service & Policy Research Conference (HSRAANZ); November, 2017; Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise.
  • Paratz ED, Gutman JM, Newcomb AE. The Sinister Mammary Hematoma: Extreme Pacing Lead Perforation Into the Breast – Poster presentation. Paper presented at: CSANZ Meeting; 10/08/17 – 13/08/2017, 2017; Perth, Australia.
  • P S, S N, X W, T K, N B, J NC, S W, F HA, M S, C HN, E NA, P S, R S, D H, J C, J DG, K T, Davidson S, E H, A P, WK HJ, N W, Y LS. Biologically active composition of human WbB2+cardiac stem cell secretome – poster presentation. Paper presented at: ESGCT; 19/10/2017, 2017; Berlin.
  • Nie S, Wang X, Sivakumaran P, Chong MMW, Liu X, Karnezis T, Bandara N, Takov K, Nowell CJ, Wilcox S, Shambrook M, Hill AF, Harris NC, Newcomb AE, Strappe P, Shayan R, Hernández D, Clarke J, Hanssen E, Davidson SM, Dusting GJ, Pébay A, Ho JWK, Williamson N, Lim SY. Biologically active constituents of the secretome of human W8B2+ cardiac stem cells – ESGCT Paper presented at: Scientific Reports; 2018/01/25, 2017; Berlin
  • Newcomb A. Experience with the Intuity Valve. Paper presented at: 27th Annual Congress of the ATCSA; 16-19 November 2017, 2017; Melbourne.
  • Newcomb A. Implantation of Rapid Deployment Valve. Paper presented at: 25th ASCVTS; April, 2017; Korea.
  • N Y, E B, X Y, A W, J D, A N. Long Term Outcomes of Mitral Valve Endocarditis: A 15-year Single-Center Experience – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: AATS Mitral Conclave, 2017; New York.
  • Gooley R, Worthley SG, Whitbourn R, Montarello J, Newcomb A, Allocco D, Meredith I. TCT-776 Final Results from the REPRISE I Study: Five-Year Clinical Outcomes with the Repositionable and Fully Retrievable Lotus Valve System – Poster presentation. Paper presented at: TCT; 29/10/17 – 02/11/17 2017; Denver, Colorado – Colorado Convention Centre.
  • Florisson D, Bono JD, Conte S, Newcomb A. Does MIDCAB improve outcomes compared to OPCAB via sternotomy in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting? – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: 27th Annual Congress ATCSA, 2017; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Florisson D, Bono JD, Conte S, Newcomb A. Management of Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: 27th Annual Congress ATCSA, 2017; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Florisson D, Bono JD, Conte S, Newcomb A. Clopidogrel in combination with aspirin improves vein graft potency following CAGS – Mini-Oral Presentation. Paper presented at: 27th Annual Congress ATCSA, 2017; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Adams H, MacIsaac A, A N, Whitbourn R, Palmer S. Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty is Safe and Efficacious in the Era of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation – Abstract Presentation. Paper presented at: PCR London Valves; 24/09 – 26/09, 2017; London.
  • Adams H, MacIsaac A, A N, Whitbourn R, Palmer S. Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty is Safe and Efficacious in the Era of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation – Poster presentation. Paper presented at: PCR London Valves; 24/09 – 26/09, 2017; London.
  • Yaftian N, Buratto E, Darby J, Wilson A, Newcomb A. Single Centre Review of Surgically Managed Infective Endocarditist – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Smith A, Shi W, Rosalion A, Yii M, O’Keefe M, Newcomb A, Davis P. Rapid-deployment versus conventional bio-prosthetic aortic valve replacement. Paper presented at: 24th ASCVTS; April 2016, 2016; Tawian, China.
  • Prahan N, Lu R, Buratto E, Conaglen P, Davis P, Darby J, Wilson A, Newcomb A. Infective Endocarditis management at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. A Comparison of Surgical and non Surgical Management – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Pradhan N, Lu R, Buratto E, Conaglen P, Davis P, Darby J, Wilson A, Newcomb A. Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: A Single Institution Review – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Pradhan N, Lu R, Buratto E, Conaglen P, Darby J, Wilson A, Davis P, Newcomb A. A Single Centre Overview of infective Endocarditis – Surgical and Non-Surgical Management – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Page S, Buratto E, Conaglen P, Lin A, Darby J, Davis P, Newcomb A. Imaging for Cerebral Complications of infective Endocarditis: A 10 year Review – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Newcomb A, Farag J, Lo E, Shi WY, Barnes H, Joshi P, Davis P, Tran L, Reid CM, Smith JA. Bilateral Versus Single internal thoracic Artery Grafting in Diabetic and Older Patients with Triple Vessel Disease: Analysis of Multicentre Database – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Newcomb A. Rapid Deployment AVR. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM; November, 2016; Cairns.
  • Meredith IT, Worthley SG, Whitbourn RJ, Montarello J, Newcomb AE, Allocco DJ, Dawkins KD. TCT 639: Four-Year Outcomes With the Fully Repositionable and Retrievable Lotus. Transcatheter Aortic Replacement Valve in 120 High Risk Surgical Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis: Results From the REPRISE II CE-Mark Study. Paper presented at: Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT); October 29 – November 2, 2016; Washington.
  • India Zweng WS, Andrew Smith, Sonny Palmer, Andrew MacIsaac, Robert Whitbourn, Philip Davis, Andrew Newcomb. Transcatheter versus surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in high-risk patients: The Vincent’s Hospital experience Paper presented at: 24th ASCVTS; April 2016, 2016; Taiwan, China.
  • Edward K, Stephenson J, Giandinoto J, Wilson A, Whitbourn R, Gutman J, Newcomb A. Cardiac outcomes 12 months post percutaneous coronary intervention – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: SVPH Annual Research Expo; May 2016, 2016; St Vincent’s Prviate Hopsital, Melbourne.
  • Edward K, Stephenson J, Giandinoto J, Wilson A, Whitbourn R, Gutman J, Newcomb A. Cardiac outcomes 12 months post percutaneous coronary intervention – Poster Presentation. Paper presented at: SVHM Research Week; Aug 2016, 2016; St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Melbourne.
  • William Y. Shi JT, Andrew E. Newcomb, Alexander Rosalion, John A. Fuller, Brian F. Buxton. Is a third arterial conduit necessary? Comparison of the radial artery and saphenous vein in patients receiving bilateral internal thoracic arteries for triple vessel coronary disease. Paper presented at: 29th EACTS Annual Meeting; November, 2015; Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Smith A, Shi W, Newcomb A. Aortic valve replacement with rapid deployment surgical bioprosthesis as compared to conventional bioprosthesis via full sternotomy Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM November, 2015; Adelaide, Australia.
  • Pascoe C, Hallam J, Mack J, Duve K, Newcomb A, Davis P, Yii M. Radio frequency Cox Maze procedure: A retrospective analysis of the initial 50 consecutive cases at a single institution. Paper presented at: ANZSCTS ASM 2015; Gold Coast.

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