Head of Surgery

Biography of Professor Paul Bannon, Head of Surgery

Professor Paul Bannon

Professor Paul Bannon is the Chairman of the Baird Institute for Applied Heart and Lung Surgical Research, a not-for-profit medical research institute established in 2001, to improve the outcomes and better the lives of those undergoing heart and lung surgery. He is the Head of Department and Head of Research for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and holds the Professorial Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery as well as the Bosch Chair of Surgery at the University of Sydney. He has performed over 3000 adult cardiac surgical procedures ranging from coronary artery bypass to complex aortic root and arch reconstructions. He is the Immediate Past President of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons and is the incoming President of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia.

He is the Co Chair of the Institute of Academic Surgery at RPAH and has held various positions in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Professor Bannon's teaching responsibilities are currently to all years of the Graduate Medical Program at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. He supervises local and international Doctorate, Masters and Honours students as well as international elective students. He is the Co Editor-in-Chief of The Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery and a Director of the CORE Group for International Collaborative Research. Professor Bannon has published widely in books, journals and conference proceedings on cardiothoracic surgery, basic science and evidence based medicine. He has a particular passion for translational research in the areas of congenital aortic and mitral valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, biomaterials and biocompatibility, limitation of blood product usage in cardiac surgery, the inflammatory response to bypass and the development of academic surgical careers. He is a current Chief Investigator on NHMRC and NHF grants for biomaterials, congenital heart disease research, aortic aneurysm research and is CID on a current NHMRC CRE grant on mechanical circulatory support. His role in the CRE is to produce NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines and measure their dissemination, adoption and outcomes.

He personally oversees more than $1,000,000 worth of research funding annually. His Department runs multiple clinical trials amongst many other laboratory and clinically based projects. He is working with the Chief of Sydney Surgery, Professor Stuart Grieve and is instrumental in respect to the design and construction of the new Translational Research Facility - Hybrid OR of the Charles Perkins Centre.