Adrian Pick

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mr. Pick is highly specialised in both cardiac and thoracic surgery. Common cardiac cases include coronary artery disease for bypass, aortic valve replacement or repair, mitral valve replacement or repair, and arrhythmia surgery for atrial fibrillation. The repertoire of expertise is not limited to these procedures; he frequently performs two or even three of the above procedures in a single operation, as well as rare and complex cardiac surgery. There is no typical age group for cardiac surgery, Mr. Pick operates successfully on patients into their mid 90’s.

Mr. Pick has created a niche in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, using a 5-6cm incision through the ribs, rather than the standard sternotomy, particularly in the case of mitral valve repairs. He can also perform a single coronary bypass graft “off pump”, where the heart is not arrested. These techniques challenge conventional beliefs about heart surgery.

On the thoracic side of the practice, Mr. Pick specialises in keyhole procedures for lung cancer. He will make a determination of how much lung needs to be removed, in order to cure a patient of their lung cancer. Variably it could be a wedge, a lobe or even an entire lung. Mr Pick provides a lung cancer surveillance program for five years after resection of lung cancer, as well as tissue retrieval for characterisation, and palliative procedures for pleural effusions (pleurodesis).

The diversity of sites and hospitals Mr. Pick operates at, provides services for patients with or without health insurance in a timely and efficient manner. Mr. Pick offers the very latest techniques and technology in cardiothoracic surgery, due to his commitment to ongoing education and training internationally. He travels to either the United States or Europe every year to develop his professional skills and knowledge.

Mr. Pick consults at Cabrini Malvern and Peninsula Private, to service the growing demographic of his many patients. Mr. Pick has relationships with a variety of medical oncologists and respiratory physicians for ongoing care of our patients. Mr. Pick also attends multi disciplinary lung cancer meetings, in order to present patients with views and opinions across many medical disciplines to assist in their care and treatment.

  • MBBS (Melb) 1983
  • Fellow RACS General Surgery 1993
  • Fellow RACS Cardiothoracic Surgery 1996
  • Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, June 1995 – June 1996 Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, June 1996 – June 1997 General Thoracic Surgery
  • Toronto General Hospital, June 1997 – December 1997

Following 21 years in private practice, Mr Pick now specialises in lung cancer curative procedures and the treatment of asbestos-related diseases, including:

  • thoracotomy wedge resection,
  • lobectomy,
  • pneumonectomy,
  • frozen sections for pulmonary malignancy,
  • biopsy for interstitial lung disease and suspicious lung lesions,
  • radical pleurectomy for the treatment of mesothelioma and talc pleurodesis.

He also specialises in providing:

  • minimal access cardiac surgery including open and minimal access coronary artery bypass grafts,
  • minimal access aortic, tricuspid and mitral valve repair or replacement,
  • minimal access valve mitral and aortic valve surgery, and
  • minimal access and open arrhythmia procedures,
  • minimal access + open arrhythmia and anti-arrhythmia surgery for atrial fibrillation (open and closed procedures).