CSANZ 2021

Peter Macdonald

St Vincent's Hospital, NSW

Peter Macdonald is a Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and Head of the Transplantation Research Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI). He has co-authored > 350 original manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2014, following a series of preclinical studies conducted at the VCCRI under his supervision, the Heart Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital performed the world’s first DCD (donation after circulatory death) heart transplant using ‘heart in a box’ technology. This has led to the establishment of similar programs in the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2015 his research into the recovery and transplantation of hearts from DCD donors was recognised by the NSW Government with the NSW Ministerial Award for cardiovascular research excellence and by the ACT Gift of Life Organisation with the Terry Connolly Award for Healthcare Leadership and Innovation. In 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019 he was nominated for the Award of Australian of the Year. In 2017, he was made a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to cardiovascular medicine and research.

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