Student Profile - Dr Arthur Nasis

Arthur Nasis

Student Profile - Dr Arthur Nasis

During his specialist training, cardiologist Dr Arthur Nasis identified a knowledge gap in the use of new cardiac imaging technologies to best diagnose patients presenting with chest pain.

“At MonashHeart, we were the first site in the southern hemisphere and third in the world to have the state-of-the-art 320-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, but we didn’t know a lot about how to use it,” said Dr Nasis.

Keen to investigate the potential of the world-leading technology, Dr Nasis completed his MD at the Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, investigating new imaging techniques including novel aspects of cardiac CT and stress echocardiography.

“However, my MD left more unanswered questions than I started with,” said Dr Nasis.

With a keen interest to answer those questions, Dr Nasis embarked on his PhD which he completed in April 2015.

“That’s the nature of research,” said Dr Nasis.  “It’s really that curiosity and trying to plug the knowledge gaps in medicine in a time when medical technology is rapidly evolving.”

The results of Dr Nasis’ research have already led to the design and implementation of new pathways of cardiac care at Monash Health, significantly improving the assessment of patients with suspected coronary artery disease.

“The interpretation of stress echocardiography results in patients with chest pain have been influenced by world-first studies we’ve done here at MonashHeart.”  

“Being able to take what we’ve done and relatively quickly apply it to patients who come through the door has been very appealing,” added Dr Nasis.

“That’s one of the great things about translational clinical research; it’s not something that takes many years to see fruition in patients.”

“Basic research is absolutely critical but you often don’t get tangible rewards in patients for many years.  In clinical research, you tend to see results more quickly, which is extremely rewarding.”

Dr Nasis is Head of Acute Cardiac Services, MonashHeart.