Warringal Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Warringal Private Hospital specialist Peter Barlis

Prof. Peter Barlis


Peter is an internationally-recognised Interventional Cardiologist w and Professor of Medicine with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he completed cardiology training at Austin Health followed by a Master of Public Health with Monash University. In 2006, he secured a fellowship and scholarship at the prestigious Royal Brompton Hospital, London and then completed his PhD at the Thoraxcentre, Erasmus University the Netherlands, on the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in cardiology. OCT harnesses the properties of infrared light to look inside blood vessels in ultra-high resolution. Peter has since overseen OCT’s uptake across the region with over sixty centres in Australia and New Zealand benefiting from his foresight. He is internationally renowned for his interventional and imaging academic output, and early development programs for novel therapies in cardiovascular disease. He has maintained connections all over the globe, and continues to attract industry support for his research. He runs an active research group in biomedical engineering focused on coronary imaging and computational modeling with an interest in the development of innovative cardiovascular technologies.Peter sees patients with all types of conditions affecting the heart. Peter is a pioneer in interventional cardiology, the specialised field of cardiology dealing with the treatment of blockages in the arteries and stents. In 2009 he introduced a new imaging technique into Australia. This method, called optical coherence tomography (OCT) uses laser light to scan inside the arteries of the heart and spot areas of disease, cholesterol plaques and is the best method to assess stents in the arteries. Peter leads national and international clinical trials and continues to attract considerable funding to head the cardiovascular innovations research team at the University of Melbourne Medical and Engineering Schools.

He has published more than 130 peer reviewed journal articles, is the editor / author of more than 5 textbooks and frequently features in the media discussing new developments in the treatment of heart disease.


Peter takes a holistic approach to the treatment of cardiac conditions in a kind and professional manner.