CSANZ 2019

David McGiffin

David McGiffin

Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery & Transplantation, Alfred Health, VIC

Professor McGiffin graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School and subsequently interned and trained in General Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane before going on to train in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Prince Charles Hospital. In 1982, Professor McGiffin went to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and undertook a Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the faculty at the University of Alabama but returned to Australia in 1986 to work at The Prince Charles Hospital where he did adult and paediatric cardiac surgery and also set up the Queensland Heart Transplant Program. In 1992, Professor McGiffin returned to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. At UAB, his clinic duties included the full range of adult cardiac surgery, adult and paediatric heart transplantation and adult lung transplantation. He commenced a pulmonary endarterectomy program for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Professor McGiffin’s research interests at UAB were primarily outcomes analysis in cardiac surgery and transplantation. Other areas of interest include homograft aortic valves and research into biomechanics and myocardial oxidative stress associated with chronic mitral regurgitation.

Professor McGiffin returned to Australia to take up a position as Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Alfred Hospital in 2013. His clinical practice includes adult cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplantation, ventricular assist devices and pulmonary endarterectomy. His current research work involves investigating mechanisms of driveline infection after implantation of ventricular assist devices and perfusion systems to extend the ischemic time of donor hearts for transplantation. 

The Victor Chang Memorial Lecture 

Victor Chang was appointed cardiothoracic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney in 1972 and worked with the late Harry Windsor and Mark Shanahan in building the reputation of the cardiothoracic surgical unit. He was instrumental in establishing the National Heart Transplant Program in February 1984. Victor travelled and lectured throughout South East Asia and was also working on the development of an artificial heart. He was tragically killed on 4 July 1991. 

Previous Victor Chang Memorial Lecturers

2018

Patrick Perier

Germany

2017

Stuart Jamieson

USA

2016

Craig Miller

USA

2015

David Taggart

UK

2013    

Tirone David

Canada

2012

Joseph Bavaria

USA

2011

Michael J Marck

USA

2010

Antonio Calafiore

Italy

2009

Hartzell Schaff

USA

2008

Roger Mee

VIC

2007

David Adams

USA

2006

Marc de Leval

UK

2005

Vincent Dor      

Monaco

2004

Bruce Lytle       

USA

2003

Ray Chu-Jeng Chiu

Canada

2002

O Howard Frazier (Bud)

USA

2001

Patrick McCarthy

USA

2000

David McGiffin  
(due to ill health, A/Prof McGiffin did not attend the 2000 ASM)

USA

1999

Hamid Ikram     

NZ

1998

Tirone David

Canada

1997

Tom Mandel     

UK

1996

Michael Bristow

USA

1995

Donald Esmore

VIC

1994

Anne Keogh     

NSW

1993

Phil Spratt

NSW

1992

Magdi Yacoub

UK

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