Flinders Cardiac Services provides Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology to the Southern Region of Adelaide. Flinders Medical Centre is a 580 bed public teaching hospital allocated on the same campus as Flinders Private Hospital and Flinders University. The Flinders University Medical School is on the Flinders Medical Centre site and has allowed the development of a close collaborative relationship between the hospital and the University.

Cardiac Services provides the latest in care for patients and is supported by active basic and clinical research programs and continuing education programs.

The Cardiac Surgical Unit at Flinders Medical Centre was formed in January 1992 under the Directorship of Iain Ross. He was joined in July of that year by Associate Professor John Knight and since that time open heart numbers have increased from 269 in the first year to an estimated 450 cases in 2012. The service is now provided from the operating suite located in the Flinders Private Hospital.

The service offers cutting edge cardiac surgery to many city and country areas servicing the southern region of Adelaide, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Darwin and many country centres. The Surgical Unit was accredited by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons for cardiothoracic training in 1995 and has had a strong involvement in postgraduate training at a state and national level since that time. The service is involved in graduate medical teaching through its commitment to the new postgraduate medical program.

In 2002 Thoracic Surgery was formally introduced into the Unit and an additional Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon was recruited.

A commitment to research was integral to the establishment of Cardiac Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre and the Cardiac Surgical Research Group was formed in 1995. The Research Group has continued to develop an integrated clinical research program, combined with laboratory based research activity, with the primary areas of interest relating to outcomes of Cardiac Surgery.

The current areas of interest include:

  • Investigation of Prosthetic Valve Replacement
  • Renal Outcomes
  • Troponin T in the assessment of myocardial damage
  • Mood and outcomes from Cardiac Surgery
  • Neurocognitive changes in Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Microbubbles and outcomes.

The new millenium has proved an exciting period in Cardiac Surgical Research at Flinders. This has resulted in a number of international presentations and publications.

A major area of the group's research activities has focused on the neuropsychological sequelae of cardiac surgery, culminating in a number of new research initiatives being developed.