Peter Mr. Peter Skillington

Mr Peter Skillington is a practising Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to commencing practise, he trained both in General Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery in Australia. He then spent 12 months in further training at the Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK., and then a further 12 months in Boston, USA, spending 6 months at the Brigham Women’s Hospital in adult cardiac surgery, and 6 months at the Boston Children’s Hospital in paediatric cardiac surgery. He is currently Deputy Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as Deputy Director of the Clinical Cardiac Institute at Epworth Hospital, Richmond. He has maintained strong links with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), as well as the Australian and New Zealand society of Cardio and Thoracic surgery (ANZSCTS). He was President of the ANZSCTS in 2001 to 2003.

Major Interests

  • Aortic valve surgery including Ross procedure, aortic allograft, stentless porcine valve, stented bioprostheses and mechanical valves.
  • Mitral valve surgery including repair and replacement
  • Aortic surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Adult Congenital Heart Surgery

  • Pulmonary valve replacement late after Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defects, simple and complex
  • Ebstein anomaly repair
  • Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) – surgical septal myectomy
  • Other

Career Highlights

  • Ross Procedure 1992 onwards – over 390 cases (largest experience in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Chairman of science and education committee, ANZSCTS 2008 – 2014
  • Stentless porcine valve 1994 onwards – first Australian experience
  • Member of faculty for annual International Ross Procedure Symposium
  • Numerous Publications in National and International Peer Reviewed Journals