Biography

Dr Yi Chen is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon located in Melbourne and consultant at Monash Health.

Yi completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and his basic physician training and additional cardiothoracic training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, Monash Health and Austin Hospital.

Following this, Yi commenced his PhD studies at the Monash University focusing on “Activin A, expression and potential source in cardiopulmonary bypass and myocardial ischaemia reperfusion injury’ under the guidance of Professor Julian Smith, Dr David Phillips and Associate Professor Mark Hedger. He recently completed a two-year Fellowship in Robotic Cardiac Surgery and TAVR at Emroy Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr Chen has been highly recognised for his achievements and research with a number of prestigious scholarships and awards. He was most recently awarded the RACS Hugh Johnston ANZ Chapter Travelling Fellowship to American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Washington, DC in 2016.

Dr Chen has also contributed to education and research in numerous clinical teaching roles for doctors and medical students at the Southern  Health University, Monash University and University of Washington. He also delivers his research and findings in research journals, publications, and presentations.

Experience

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Monash Health 2019 - Present
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery & TAVR Fellowship
    Emroy Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia 2017 - 2018

Memberships & Awards

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons

  • International Member, Society of Thoracic Surgery (USA)

Awards
  • 2016

    RACS Hugh Johnston ANZ Chapter Travelling Fellowship to American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Washington DC

  • 2012

    Edwards Lifesciences Travelling Scholarship

  • 2012

    RACS John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship to American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Chicago

  • 2010

    RACS Surgeon Scientist Scholarship

  • 2009 - 2010

    National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Postgraduate

  • 2009

    TAG Medical Young Achievers Award for best paper by Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident at ANZSCTS Annual Scientific Conference

  • 2009

    RACS Catherine Marie Enright Kelly Scholarship

  • 2008

    RACS Foundation for Surgery Research Scholarship

  • 2008

    Australian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ASCTS) Research Foundation Grant

  • 2007

    Southern Health Emerging Researcher Fellowship

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Chen Y, Tutungi E, McMillan J et al. Pressure and flow characteristics of a novel bidirectional cannula for cardiopulmonary bypass. Innovations 2017; 12(6): 430-433.

2. Chen Y, Rothnie C, Spring D et al. Regulation and actions of activin A and follistatin in myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Cytokine 2014; 69(2):255-62

3. Lok SY, Chen Y, Smith JA. Understanding noncardiac complications following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Clinical Practice 2014; 11(2):193-206

4. Viana FF, Chen Y, Almeida AA, Baxter HD, Cochrane AD, Smith GA Gastrointestinal complications after cardiac surgery: 10-year experience of a single Australian centre. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2013; 83(9):651-6

5. Wu H, Chen Y, Winnall WR et al. Regulation of activin A release from murine bone marrow-derived neutrophil precursors by tumour necrosis factor. Cytokine 2013; 61(1):199-204

6. Wu H, Wu M, Chen Y, Allan CA, Phillips DJ, Hedger MP. Correlation between blood activin levels and clinical parameters of type 2 diabetes. Experimental Diabetes Research 2012; 2012:410579

7. Wu H, Chen Y, Winnall WR et al. Acute regulation of activin A and its binding protein, follistatin, in serum and tissues following lipopolysaccharide treatment of adult male mice. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 2012; 303(6):R665-75

8. Chen Y, Wu H, Winnall WR et al. Tumour necrosis factor-α stimulates human neutrophils to release preformed activin A. Immunology and Cell Biology 2011; 89(8):889-96

9. Chen Y, Phillips DJ, McMillan J et al. Pattern of activin A and follistatin release in a sheep model of cardiopulmonary bypass. Cytokine 2011; 54(2):154-60

10.Chen Y, Almeida AA, Mitnovetski S et al. Managing deep sternal wound infections with Vacuum Assisted Closure. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2008; 78(5): 333-336

11.Chen Y, Almeida AA, Goldstein J et al. Urgent and emergency coronary artery bypass grafting for acute coronary syndromes. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2006; 76(9):769-73

12.Chen Y, Kejriwal NK, Smith JA et al. Experience with unipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2006; 76(9):774-7

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Presentations

Oral Presentations

1. Left atrial appendage management in robotic mitral surgery – a case for routine closure. Cardiac Robotics, Atlanta, GA, USA 2018

2. Tumour necrosis factor stimulates human neutrophils to release preformed activin A. The Endocrine Society of Australia 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney 2010

3. Follistatin, an activin A binding protein, reduces infarct size in myocardial ischaemia reperfusion injury. Australian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Annual Scientific Conference, Noosa, Australia 2009 (TAG Medical Young Achievers Award)

4. Pattern of activin A release in a sheep model of CPB – preliminary results. Australian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ASCTS) Annual Scientific Conference, Noosa 2008

5. Managing deep sternal wound infections with Vacuum Assisted Closure. RACS Annual Scientific Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand 2007

6. Preoperative predictors of mortality in non-elective coronary artery bypass grafting. Marshall Prize Symposium, Monash Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia 2006

7. Urgent and emergency coronary artery bypass grafting for acute coronary syndromes. ASCTS Annual Scientific Conference, Noosa, Australia 2005

 

Poster Presentations

8. Right atrial cavernous hemangioma. RACS Annual Scientific Congress, Adelaide, Australia 2017

9. Outcomes of adolescent and adult congenital heart surgery in a general adult cardiothoracic surgical unit. RACS Annual Scientific Congress 2013

10. Incidence and outcome of gastrointestinal complications after cardiac surgery – ten-year experience of a single Australian centre. ANZSCTS Annual Scientific Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand 2011

11. Insulin inhibits activin A release from neutrophils. TGF-β Downunder Melbourne, Australia 2011

12. Serum activin A as an independent predictor of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The Endocrine Society of Australia 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia 2010

13. Follistatin and activin A in the male reproductive tract of adult mice under normal conditions and during acute inflammation. International Congress of Reproductive Immunology, Palm Cove, Australia 2010 (Abstract published in Journal of reproductive immunology. 2010 86 (1): 69-70.)

14. What is the source of activin A release during acute inflammation? Assessment of tissue mRNA and protein levels following lipopolysaccharide challenge. The Endocrine Society of Australia 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia 2009

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