Dr Peter J Larsen is a Clinical and Interventional Cardiologist with special interests in interventional cardiac and endovascular procedures, including coronary angioplasty and stenting, peripheral arterial disease diagnosis and treatment, percutaneous valvuloplasty and structural heart interventions. He is also a registered specialist in CT Coronary Angiography.
Dr Larsen first worked on the Sunshine Coast as an Intern and Resident Medical Officer at Nambour General Hospital (NGH) after graduating with Honours from the University of Queensland. It was his experience then working in the Coronary Care Unit that led to his interest in Cardiology.
Peter then completed his Physician training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Advanced Training in Cardiology and a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at The Prince Charles Hospital. He holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).
Peter and his family then moved to Boston, Massachusetts USA, and completed a two year clinical and research Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Diagnosis and Intervention at the Lahey Clinic. This involved experience with a high volume of interventional procedures, including complex cardiac and vascular interventions and acute emergency cases (eg. primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) for emergency heart attacks), with a focus on trans-radial access. He also completed research, publishing in the area of trans-radial access for acute PCI.
Peter returned to the Sunshine Coast in 2010 as the inaugural Director of Cardiology for for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Cardiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Peter led the development of the Cardiac Catheterisation Labs at NGH and commencement of the 24/7, 365 day acute heart attack service on the Sunshine Coast.
Peter is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (FCSANZ) and holds post-graduate certification in peripheral endovascular therapy with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and Cardiac CT Angiography with the Royal Australian College of Radiologists.
Peter's vision has been to work with specialist colleagues to create a world class leading “Heart Team” able to care for all patients with Cardiac conditions on the Sunshine Coast. He is a founding Director of Sunshine Coast Heart Specialists.