Mr Adam Zimmet is a Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon located in Melbourne. He has a full time appointment at The Alfred Hospital and is a Visiting Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Epworth Richmond, Epworth Eastern and Cabrini Hospital.

He has a special interest in mechanical circulatory assist devices, transplant surgery, and aortic valve surgery with a focus on transcatheter valve replacements.

Mr Zimmet completed his Bachelor of

Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices
  • Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Thoracic Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic Organ Transplantation
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
Conditions Treated
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Lung Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Lung Cancer
  • Aortic Valve Disease


  • Cardiothoracic & Transplant Surgeon; Supervisor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Training
    The Alfred Hospital Present
  • Visiting Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Epworth Richmond Present
  • Visiting Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Epworth Eastern Present
  • Visiting Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Cabrini Health Present
  • Clinical Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery
    University of Virginia Health System 2009 - 2010
  • Cardiothoracic Fellow
    Monash Medical Centre 2009


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

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)

  • Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons

  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

Research & Publications


1. Zimmet A, Almeida A, Harper R, Smolich J, Yates L, Goldstein J, Shardey G, Smith J. Surgery following balloon mitral valvuloplasty. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2003;12

2. Zimmet AD, Almeida A, Goldstein J, Shardey GC, Pick AW, Lowe CE, Jolley DJ, Smith JA. The outcome of cardiac surgery in dialysis-dependent patients. Heart, lung & circulation. 2005;14:187-190

3. Weisinger HS, Steinfort D, Zimmet AD, Hall AJ, Pesudovs K. Sarcoidosis: Case report and review. Clinical & experimental optometry. 2006;89:361-367

4. Yap CH, Prior D, Kenny J, Zimmet A, Chao V, Mooney D, Yii M. Is there still a role for the classical cox-maze iii? ANZ journal of surgery. 2006;76:351-355

5. Zimmet AD, Almeida AA, Harper RW, Smolich JJ, Goldstein J, Shardey GC, Smith JA. Predictors of surgery after percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2006;82:828-833

6. Almeida AA, Al-Shawawreh J, Zimmet AD. Pericardiectomy using the starfish heart positioner. Heart, lung & circulation. 2007;16 Suppl 3:S94-95

7. Yap CH, Zimmet A, Mohajeri M, Yii M. Effect of obesity on early morbidity and mortality following cardiac surgery. Heart, lung & circulation. 2007;16:31-36

8. Chaudhuri K, Storey E, Lee GA, Bailey M, Chan J, Rosenfeldt FL, Pick A, Negri J, Gooi J, Zimmet A, Esmore D, Merry C, Rowland M, Lin E, Marasco SF. Carbon dioxide insufflation in open-chamber cardiac surgery: A double-blind, randomized clinical trial of neurocognitive effects. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2012;144:646-653 e641

9. Marasco SF, Than S, Keating D, Westall G, Whitford H, Snell G, Gooi J, Williams T, Pick A, Zimmet A, Lee GA. Cadaveric lobar lung transplantation: Technical aspects. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2012;93:1836-1842

10. Aguirre VJ, Sinha P, Zimmet A, Lee GA, Kwa L, Rosenfeldt F. Phrenic nerve injury during cardiac surgery: Mechanisms, management and prevention. Heart, lung & circulation. 2013;22:895-902

11. Zimmet A, Rosenfeldt FL, Salamonsen RF, Ou R, Esmore D, Byrne J. Continuous crystalloid microperfusion provides excellent preservation for transplantation of donation after cardiocirculatory death hearts. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2013;22:456

12. Saxena P, Zimmet AD. Laminectomy retractor: A useful tool for redo sternotomy. Journal of cardiac surgery. 2014;29:785-786

13. Saxena P, Zimmet AD, Snell G, Levvey B, Marasco SF, McGiffin DC. Procurement of lungs for transplantation following donation after circulatory death: The alfred technique. The Journal of surgical research. 2014;192:642-646

14. Saxena P, Zimmet AD, Snell G, Levvey B, Marasco SF, McGiffin DC. Techniques for lung procurement for transplantation following donation after circulatory death. Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014;19:380-393

15. Alberstein R, Grey R, Zimmet A, Simmons DK, Mayer ML. Glycine activated ion channel subunits encoded by ctenophore glutamate receptor genes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2015;112:E6048-6057

16. Goldblatt J, Saxena P, McGiffin DC, Zimmet A. Pericardial synovial sarcoma: A rare clinical entity. Journal of cardiac surgery. 2015;30:801-804

17. Saxena P, McGiffin DC, Zimmet AD, Gooi JH, Marasco SF, Negri J, Pick A. Improving the exposure of the left hilum for lung transplantation: The value of a simple pericardial stitch. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2015;100:1132

18. Yong MS, Brink J, Zimmet AD. Right ventricular reconstruction after resection of cardiac fibroma. Journal of cardiac surgery. 2015;30:640-642

19. Marasco SF, Lo C, Murphy D, Summerhayes R, Quayle M, Zimmet A, Bailey M. Extracorporeal life support bridge to ventricular assist device: The double bridge strategy. Artificial organs. 2016;40:100-106

20. Rosenfeldt F, Ou R, Salamonsen R, Marasco S, Zimmet A, Byrne J, Cosic F, Saxena P, Esmore D. A novel combination technique of cold crystalloid perfusion but not cold storage facilitates transplantation of canine hearts donated after circulatory death. The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation. 2016;35:1358-1364.

21. Smail H, Saxena P, Zimmet AD, McGiffin DC. Reconstruction and replacement of the aortic root in destructive endocarditis. Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2015;20:336-354

22. Yong MS, Coffey S, Prendergast BD, Marasco SF, Zimmet AD, McGiffin DC, Saxena P. Surgical management of tricuspid valve endocarditis in the current era: A review. International journal of cardiology. 2016;202:44-48

23. Marasco SF, McGiffin DC, Zimmet AD, Solis PC, Bingham JM, Moshinsky RA. Novel sternal protection device for cardiac surgery via median sternotomy incision. Innovations. 2017;12:370-374

24. Saxena P, Nerlekar N, Zimmet AD. Late presentation of right atrial thrombus following bilateral lung transplant. Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals. 2017;25:65-66

25. Marasco SF, Fuller L, Zimmet A, McGiffin D. To zip or wire: An ongoing debate. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2018;156:1612-1613

26. Marasco SF, Fuller L, Zimmet A, McGiffin D, Seitz M, Ch’ng S, Gangahanumaiah S, Bailey M. Prospective, randomized, controlled trial of polymer cable ties versus standard wire closure of midline sternotomy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2018;156:1589-1595 e1581

27. Marasco SF, Tutungi E, Vallance SA, Udy AA, Negri JC, Zimmet AD, McGiffin DC, Pellegrino VA, Moshinsky RA. A phase 1 study of a novel bidirectional perfusion cannula in patients undergoing femoral cannulation for cardiac surgery. Innovations. 2018;13:97-103

28. Smail H, Saxena P, Wallinder A, Lin E, Snell GI, Hobson J, Zimmet AD, Marasco SF, McGiffin DC. Donor lung procurement by surgical fellow with an expectation of high rate of lung utilisation. Heart, lung & circulation. 2018;27:961-966

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