Biography

Mr Peter Skillington is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon located in Melbourne, Victoria. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Cardiothoracic Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Deputy Director of the Clinical Cardiac Institute at Epworth Hospital (Richmond). He also consults at the Melbourne Private Hosptial and in private practice at Victorian Cardiovascular Services.

Peter trained both in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery before completing further training for 12 months at the Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK. Following this, he completed another 12 months of training in the USA, spending 6 months focusing on adult cardiac surgery at the Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston and another 6 months at the Boston Children’s Hospital in paediatric cardiac surgery.

Mr Skillington has a strong interest in aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, arrhythmias surgery, and minimally invasive heart valve surgery.  He has the largest experience across Australia and New Zealand performing over 390 cases since 1992.

Peter has maintained a strong commitment to cardiothoracic education, research and the industry. For 14 years, Peter was on the board of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was also the Chairman of the Science & Education Committee for ANZSCTS from 2008 to 2014. He works closely with 6th-year medical students at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond and Cardiothoracic Surgery Trainees at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • The Ross Procedure
  • Aortic Allograft
  • Stentless Porcine Valve
  • Stented Bioprostheses and Mechanical Valves
  • Mitral Valve Surgery, Repair and Replacement
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Pulmonary Valve Replacement
  • Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Epstein Anomaly Repair
  • Surgical Septal Myectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Conditions Treated
  • Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM)
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Septal Defects

Experience

  • Deputy Director of the Cardiothoracic Unit
    Royal Melbourne Hospital Present
  • Deputy Director of the Clinical Cardiac Institute
    Epworth Richmond Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Melbourne Private Hospital Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Victorian Cardiovascular Services Present

Memberships

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

  • Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ASCTS)

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)

  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS)

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Wijayarathne, Pasangi & Skillington, Peter & Menahem, Samuel & Thuraisingam, Amalan & Larobina, Marco & Grigg, Leeanne. (2019). Pulmonary Allograft Versus Medtronic Freestyle Valve in Surgical Pulmonary Valve Replacement for Adults Following Correction of Tetralogy of Fallot or Its Variants. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 10. 543-551. 10.1177/2150135119859853.

2. Romeo, Jamie & Papageorgiou, Grigorios & Costa, Francisco & Sievers, Hans & Bogers, Ad & El-Hamamsy, Ismail & Skillington, Peter & Wynne, Rochelle & Mastrobuoni, Stefano & Khoury, Gebrine & Takkenberg, Johanna & Mokhles, Mostafa. (2019). Long Term Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes in Middle Aged Patients Undergoing the Ross Procedure. Structural Heart. 3. 53-53. 10.1080/24748706.2019.1587959.

3. Buratto, Edward & Shi, William & Wynne, Rochelle & Poh, Chin & Larobina, Marco & O’Keefe, Michael & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James & Skillington, Peter. (2018). Improved Survival After the Ross Procedure Compared With Mechanical Aortic Valve Replacement. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 71. 1337-1344. 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.01.048.

4. Poh, Chin & Buratto, Edward & Larobina, Marco & Wynne, Rochelle & O’Keefe, Michael & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James & Skillington, Peter. (2018). The Ross procedure in adults presenting with bicuspid aortic valve and pure aortic regurgitation: 85% freedom from reoperation at 20 years. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 54. 10.1093/ejcts/ezy073.

5. Wijayarathne, P. & Thuraisingam, A. & Menahem, S. & Grigg, L. & Skillington, P.. (2018). Medtronic Freestyle Versus Pulmonary Allograft Valve in Surgical Pulmonary Valve Replacement for Adults Following Correction of Tetralogy of Fallot or Variants. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S399. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.800.

6. Hawson, J. & Skillington, P. & Pol, D. & Grigg, L.. (2018). A Case Report of Late Atrial Septal Defect Occlusion Device Erosion into the Aorta. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S364-S365. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.722.

7. Wynne, Rochelle & McTier, Lauren & Kerr, Debra & Driscoll, A. & Seevanayagam, Siven & Skillington, P. & Tatoulis, J.. (2018). Risk Factors for 30-Day Readmission After Cardiac Surgery: A Multisite Victorian Study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S377. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.750.

8. Dawson, Luke & Yao, J. & Skillington, P. & Grigg, L.. (2018). 0379 A Rare Case of Incidental Left Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm as a Complication of Mitral Valve Surgery. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S211. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.380.

9. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Thuraisingam, Amalan & Larobina, Marco & Skillington, Peter. (2017). Surgical Relief of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction in Adults With Congenital Aortic Stenosis and Associated Aortic Annulus Hypoplasia and/or Subaortic Obstruction. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.05.129.

10. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Larobina, Marco & Skillington, Peter. (2017). Surgical Relief of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction in Adults with Congenital Aortic Stenosis and Associated Aortic Annulus Hypoplasia and/or Subaortic Obstruction. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S390. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.108.

11. Tatoulis, James & Wynne, Rochelle & Skillington, Peter & Buxton, Brian. (2016). Total Arterial Revascularization: A Superior Strategy for Diabetic Patients Who Require Coronary Surgery. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 102. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.05.062.

12. Larobina, M. & Keenan, N. & Wynne, Rochelle & Zentner, D. & Naidu, P. & Wilson, William & Balding, Leanne & Grigg, L. & Skillington, P.. (2015). Aortic reoperation in adults with corrected Conotruncal defects. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. S426. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.728.

13. Larobina, M. & Keenan, N. & Wynne, Rochelle & Zentner, D. & Naidu, P. & Wilson, William & Balding, Leanne & Grigg, L. & Skillington, P.. (2015). Haemodynamic performance of the Medtronic Freestyle porcine bioprosthesis in the pulmonary position in adult patients with corrected Tetralogy of Fallot. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. S431. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.740.

14. Larobina, M. & Keenan, N. & Wynne, Rochelle & Zentner, D. & Naidu, P. & Wilson, William & Balding, Leanne & Grigg, L. & Skillington, P.. (2015). Haemodynamic performance of the Medtronic Freestyle porcine bioprosthesis in the pulmonary position in adult patients with corrected Tetralogy of Fallot. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. S431. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.740.

15. Skillington, P. & Larobina, M. & Grigg, L. & Balding, Leanne & Zentner, D. & Wilson, William. (2015). Surgical relief of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in adults with congenital aortic stenosis and associated aortic annulus hypoplasia and/or subaortic obstruction. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. S416-S417. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.06.706.

16. Keenan, N.M. & Larobina, M. & Skillington, P.. (2015). Early outcomes following pulmonary valve replacement with the medtronic freestyle stentless porcine root bioprosthesis. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. e9-e10. 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.12.024.

17. Tatoulis, James & Wynne, Rochelle & Skillington, Peter & Buxton, Brian. (2015). Total Arterial Revascularization: Achievable and Prognostically Effective. A Multicenter Analysis. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 100. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.03.107.

18. Chan, Darren & Skillington, Peter & Laufer, Eljas. (2015). Adult Scimitar Syndrome: A Surgical Approach. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.01.020.

19. Skillington, Peter & Mokhles, Mostafa & Takkenberg, Johanna & Larobina, Marco & O’Keefe, Michael & Wynne, Rochelle & Tatoulis, James. (2014). The Ross procedure using autologous support of the pulmonary autograft: Techniques and late results. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 149. 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.08.068.

20. Yacoub, Magdi & El-Hamamsy, Ismail & Sievers, Hans-Hinrich & Carabello, Blase & Bonow, Robert & Stelzer, Paul & Costa, Francisco & Schäfers, Hans-Joachim & Skillington, Peter & Charitos, Efstratios & Luciani, Giovanni Battista & Takkenberg, Johanna. (2014). Under-use of the Ross operation – A lost opportunity. The Lancet. 384. 559–560. 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61090-4.

21. Skillington, Peter & Mokhles, Mostafa & Wilson, William & Grigg, Leeanne & Larobina, Marco & O’Keefe, Michael & Takkenberg, Johanna. (2013). Inclusion cylinder method for aortic valve replacement utilising the Ross operation in adults with predominant aortic stenosis – 99% freedom from re-operation on the aortic valve at 15 years. Global cardiology science & practice. 2013. 383-94. 10.5339/gcsp.2013.46.

22. Wilson, William & Grigg, Leeanne & Gorelik, Alexandra & Skillington, Peter. (2013). Long Term Follow-Up After Aortic Valve Replacement (Ross Procedure): Echocardiographic Determinants of Ventricular Recovery. Heart, lung & circulation. 23. 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.07.008.

23. Hardikar, Ashutosh & Skillington, Peter & Shardey, Gil & Smith, Julian. (2013). Guidelines for the Establishment of an Adult Cardiac Surgery Unit (CSU). Heart, lung & circulation. 22. 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.06.001.

24. Skillington, Peter & Mokhles, Mostafa & Takkenberg, Johanna & O’Keefe, Michael & Grigg, Leeanne & Wilson, William & Larobina, Marco & Tatoulis, James. (2013). Twenty-Year Analysis of Autologous Support of the Pulmonary Autograft in the Ross Procedure. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 96. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.04.019.

25. Skillington, P. & Mokhles, M. & Wilson, William. (2013). Inclusion cylinder method for aortic valve replacement utilising the Ross operation in adults with predominant aortic stenosis – 99% freedom from re-operation on the aortic valve at 15 years. Glob Cardiol Sci Pract. 2013. 383-394.

26. Hallam, Jane & Skillington, Peter & Law, Shan & Nordstrand, Indra & Tatoulis, James. (2011). A Review of Deep Sternal Wound Infection Rates and Prevention Practices in Cardiac Surgery. Heart Lung and Circulation – HEART LUNG CIRC. 20. 267-267. 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.11.038.

27. Wilson, William & Grigg, L. & Skillington, P.. (2010). Long-term Follow-up after Aortic Valve Replacement: The Impact of Preoperative Valve Lesion on LV Size. Heart Lung and Circulation – HEART LUNG CIRC. 19. 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.06.574.

28. Reid, Christopher & Freeman, Melanie & Clark, David & Andrianopoulos, Nick & Shardey, Gil & Buxton, Brian & Dinh, Diem & Yan, Bryan & Smith, Julian & Skillington, Peter & Ajani, Andrew & Farouque, Omar. (2010). Predictors of 1 Year Mortality of Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Compared to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)—Insights From 2 Large Multi-Centre Australian Registries. Heart Lung and Circulation – HEART LUNG CIRC. 19. 502-503. 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.04.116.

29. Wilson, William & Skillington, Peter & Grigg, Leeanne. (2010). Unusual Case of Left Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection with Successful Surgical Management. Congenital heart disease. 5. 157-60. 10.1111/j.1747-0803.2009.00306.x.

30. Yap, Cheng-Hon & Yan, Bryan & Akowuah, Enoch & Dinh, Diem & Smith, Julian & Shardey, Gil & Tatoulis, James & Skillington, Peter & Reid, Christopher. (2009). Does Prior Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Adversely Affect Early and Long-term Survival After Coronary Artery Surgery?. Heart Lung and Circulation – HEART LUNG CIRC. 18. 10.1016/j.hlc.2009.05.146.

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