Dr James Otton


Dr James Otton is a Consultant Cardiologist at St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. He is a clinical faculty member of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and has experience in advanced heart failure management, cardiac transplantation and advanced cardiac imaging techniques.

James undertook fellowships in advanced cardiac imaging at both at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, King’s College London, a pre-eminent site of international cardiac MRI research. He has received the highest international SCMR Level 3 certification in Cardiac MRI diagnostics as well as the highest qualification in cardiovascular CT. James was awarded the Foundation Year Graduate’s Medal from the University of New South Wales and has received numerous research awards including the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Cardiovascular CT.

In addition to his medical qualifications James holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, a Masters of Biomedical engineering and has a PhD on the early detection of cardiovascular disease from the University of New South Wales and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

James has broad range of expertise with particular interest in cardiac CT and management of complex cardiac conditions including valvular heart disease.

In addition to hospital duties, James runs an outreach clinic at Quirindi Hospital and a homeless health cardiac clinic at the Matthew Talbot Hostel.

James is a persistent fisherman, and the devoted father to two children.


  • BA BSc(Med) MBBS (Hons) MBiomedE FRACP PhD
  • Cardiologist & Cardiovascular Imaging Specialist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney
  • Consultant Cardiologist, Cardiac CT, MRI and Trans-oesophageal echocardiography, Liverpool Hospital.
  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Paul Corner Research Seminar Series Winner (2012)
  • St Vincent’s Clinic Clinical Excellence Award (2012)
  • Young Investigator Award, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), Baltimore USA (2012)
  • Level 3 Cardiac MR- Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (2012)
  • Highest Ranking Abstract, Australia and New Zealand American College of Cardiology Congress, New Orleans USA (2011)
  • St Vincent’s Clinic Travelling Fellowship (2010)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Post-graduate Research Fellowship (2010)
  • Young Investigator of the Year Finalist American Academy of Nanomedicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA (2005)
  • Santa Fe Institute of Complex Systems: Travel Scholarship Santa Fe Institute of Complex Systems: Mathematical and Computer Models in Medicine.Santa Fe USA (2004)
  • University of New South Wales Foundation Year Graduates’ Medal (2002)
  • John Flynn Rural Health Scholarship Bourke Aboriginal Medical Service (1997-2000)
  • Otton J, Yu CY, McCrohon J, Sammel N, Feneley MP. Accuracy and Clinical Outcomes of Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography in the Presence of a High Coronary Calcium Score. Heart, Lung & Circulation. 2013. In Press.
  • Otton J, Kühl JT, Kofoed K, McCrohon J, Feneley M, Sammel N, Yu CY, Chribiri A, Nagel E. Four-dimensional image processing of myocardial CT perfusion for improved image quality and noise reduction. Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. 2013. April7;110:116
  • Otton J, Morton G, Schuster A, Bigalke B, Marano R, Olivotti L, Nagel E, Chiribiri A. A Direct Comparison of the Sensitivity of CT and MR Cardiac Perfusion Utilizing a Myocardial Perfusion Phantom. Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. 2013. April 7;117:124
  • Otton JM, Phan J, Feneley M, Yu CY, Sammel N, McCrohon J. Defining the mid-diastolic imaging period for cardiac CT– lessons from tissue Doppler echocardiography. BMC Medical Imaging. 2013 Feb 1;13:5
  • Otton J, Feneley M, Sammel N, McCrohon J. The accuracy of cardiovascular computed tomography in the presence of a high coronary calcium score may be underestimated. (Correspondence) Journal of the American College of Cardiology 60(7) 2012
  • Chiribiri A, Schuster A, Ishida M, Hautvast G, Zarinabad N, Morton G, Otton J, Plein S, Breeuwer M, Batchelor P, Schaeffter T, Nagel E. Perfusion phantom: An efficient and reproducible method to simulate myocardial first-pass perfusion measurements with cardiovascular magnetic resonance. .Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2012 Apr 24. doi: 10.1002/mrm.24299.
  • Wurster T, Stellos K, Haap M, Seizer P, Geisler T, Otton J, Indermuehle A, Ishida M, Schuster A, Nagel E, Gawaz M, Bigalke B. Platelet expression of stromal-cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1): An indicator for ACS?.International Journal of Cardiology 2011 Jul 5.
  • Otton J., Lønborg, JT., Boshell, D., Feneley, MP., Sammel, N., Sesel, K. Bester, L. McCrohon, J.A method for coronary artery calcium scoring using contrast-enhanced computed tomography. Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. 2012 Jan-Feb;6(1):37-44.
  • Otton J, Haward CS, Macdonald P, Gene-Expression Profiling after Cardiac Transplantation. New England Journal of Medicine.  (Correspondence)  2010; 363(14):1374
  • Otton J, Hayward CS, Keogh AM, Glanville AR, Macdonald PS. Everolimus-associated pneumonitis in 3 heart transplant recipients. Journal of Heart Lung Transplantation 2009 28(1):104-6.
  • Otton, J., Laver, D. Prospects for carbon nanotube biosensors (Abstract). Nanomedicine, 2005; 1: 254.