Division of Cardiology

Peter Bolli


Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine, Cardiology

Ambulatory Internal Medicine Teaching Clinic, St. Catharines




Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Bolli graduated from the University of Zurich Medical School (MD by thesis) in 1961 and finished his postgraduate training in internal medicine and subspecialty training in cardiology and nephrology in 1971. During his training, Dr. Bolli took a great interest in hypertension and therefore, took an appointment as Research Officer at the Welcome Research Institute of the University of Otago, New Zealand (Prof. Sir Horace Smirk, Prof. Olaf Simpson) with staff appointments at the Departments of Cardiology and Nephrology, lecturer, senior lecturer from 1972-1977. 1978: Staff, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland. 1986: Professor of Preventive Cardiology, Memorial University, St.John’s, Newfoundland. 1989: Staff, Section of Nephrology, Health Sciences Centre, University of Manitoba; director renal/hypertension laboratory. 2005: Ambulatory Internal Medicine Teaching Clinic, St. Catharines.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Bolli’s clinical interest is in the field of Internal Medicine especially hypertension, ischemic heart disease and dyslipidemia.

Research Interests

Dr. Bolli’s research interests are as follows: treatment and preventative aspects of hypertension (Dr. Bolli is a member of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program), hemodynamics of hypertension, renal blood circulation in hypertension and effects of treatment, the role of intracellular calcium concentration on increased vascular resistance in hypertension, role of platelet activation in hypertension and dyslipidemia and effects of respective treatments.


Dr. Bolli has received funding from the University of Otago (New Zealand), the Welcome Research Institute (New Zealand), the New Zealand Heart Foundation, the University of Basel, the Swiss National Research Foundation, the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Kidney Foundation and from several Pharmaceutical Companies.


Dr. Bolli has published a total of 190 papers to his name. The following are some publications reflecting his research areas:

  1. Simpson FO, Nye ER, Bolli P, Waal-Manning JH, Goulding AW, et al. The Milton Survey: general methods, height, weight and 24-hour excretion of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and creatinine. New Zealand Med J 1978;87:379-82.
  2. Butt TJ, Bolli P, Jones DR, Wallis AT, Simpson FO. A method of intrarenal blood flow measurement using 133-xenon in the intact rat. Am J Physiol 1997;273:394-99.
  3. Butt TJ, Jones DR, Bolli P, Wallis AT, Simpson FO. Intrarenal blood flow distribution in the genetically hypertensive rat. Nephron 1980;26:49-52.
  4. Buhler FR, Bolli P, Hulthen UL, Amann FW, Kiowski W. Alpha-adrenoceptors, adrenaline and exaggerated vasoconstrictor response to stress in essential hypertension. Chest 1983;83:304-6.
  5. Erne P, Bolli P, Burgisser E, Buhler FR. Correlation of platelet calcium with blood pressure; effect of antihypertensive therapy. N Engl J Med 1984;310:1084-88.
  6. Bolli P, Erne P, Hulthen UL, Ritz R, Kiowski W, et al. Parallel reduction of calcium influx dependent vasoconstriction and platelet free calcium concentration with calcium entry and beta adrenoceptor blockade. J Cardiovasc Pharmacology 1984;6:996-1001.
  7. Block LH, Jaksche H, Erne P, Bolli P, Buhler FR. (-)Adrenaline-induced, calcium dependent phosphorylation of proteins in human platelets. J Clin Invest 1985;75:1600-7.
  8. Bolli P (co-author). The IPPPSH Collaborative Group. Cardiovascular risk and risk factors in randomized trial of treatment based on the beta blocker oxprenolol: The International Prospective Primary Prevention Study in Hypertension (IPPPSH). J Hypertens 1985;3:379-92.
  9. Raine AEG, Erne P, Burgisser E, Burkart F, Bolli P, et al. Atrial natriuretic peptide release in man and its relationship to right and left atrial pressure: studies in congestive heart failure. N Engl J Med 1986;315:533-7.
  10. Bolli P, Muller FB, Linder L, Raine EG, Resink TJ, et al. The vasodilator potency of atrial natriuretic peptide in man. Circulation 1987;75:221-8.
  11. Katzman PL, Bose R, Henry S, McLean DL, Bolli P, et al. Thrombosis Haemostasis 1994;71:627-32.
  12. Simpson DR, Dixon BG, Bolli P. Effectiveness of multidisciplinary patient counseling in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors through non-pharmacological intervention: Results from the Healthy Heart Program. Can J Cardiol 2004;20:177-86.
  13. Bolli P. Treatment resistant hypertension. Am J Therap 2008;15:351-55.