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Executive Director

  • Professor Bruce Neal


    • Executive Director, The George Institute, Australia
    • Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
    • Honorary Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
    • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Imperial College London

    Bruce Neal is Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health Australia; Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; and Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health.

Senior People

  • Anthony Rodgers

    Professor Anthony Rodgers


    • Professor of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Professor Rodgers has a track record in cardiovascular disease prevention, innovation and public-private partnerships, with an interest in scale-able interventions to address major risks to health. He is currently Acting Director of the Cardiovascular Division at The George Institute, Australia.

  • Bala Venkatesh

    Professor Bala Venkatesh


    • Professorial Fellow

    Bala Venkatesh is a Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Queensland, a Pre-Eminent specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Deputy Director of Intensive Care Medicine at the Wesley Hospital.

  • Professor Christine Jenkins


    • Head, Respiratory Group
    • Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
    • Clinical Professor and Head, Respiratory Discipline, University of Sydney
    • Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Concord Hospital

    Christine Jenkins is Head of the Respiratory Group at The George institute for Global Health; Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney; Clinical Professor and Head of Respiratory Discipline at University of Sydney; and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW Sydney.

  • Professor Jacqui Webster


    • Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact
    • Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Salt Reduction
    • Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Jacqui is responsible for a program of research on food policy and is the academic lead to the Thought Leadership program at the George Institute and a Professor at the University of New South Wales. 

  • John Chalmers

    Professor John Chalmers AC


    • Senior Director, Professorial Unit, The George Institute (Australia)
    • Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
    • Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Flinders University and at the University of Sydney

    John Chalmers has an outstanding record in hypertension research, both fundamental and clinical. His groundbreaking research on the role of the brain in the development of hypertension led to his election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and helped establish Flinders University as a leading international centre in hypertension and neuroscience research.

  • Professor John Knight


    • Managing Director, Ellen Medical Devices Pty Ltd
    • Professorial Fellow, Renal and Metabolic Division
    • Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
    • Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, The Children’s Hospital, Westmead

    John joined The George Institute in March 2014 and has since contributed to a variety of academic and business projects in Australia, in China and with George Clinical.  His current work with the Renal and Metabolic Division includes a prospective national cohort study of Dialysis Outcomes in India, and an epidemiological study of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin in Sri Lanka.

  • John Myburgh

    Professor John Myburgh AO


    • Director, Critical Care and Trauma Division

    Professor John A Myburgh AO, MBBCh, PhD, DSc, FCICM, FAHMS, is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University of New South Wales; Director of the Critical Care Division at the George Institute for Global Health and Senior Intensive Care Physician at the St George Hospital, Sydney.

  • Simon Finfer

    Professor Simon Finfer


    • Professorial Fellow

    Simon Finfer is a Professorial Fellow in the Critical Care and Trauma Division at The George Institute for Global Health. He is a practicing critical care physician with an appointment as a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of Intensive Care at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, the largest not-for-profit hospital in New South Wales.

  • Professor Maree Hackett


    • Program Head, Mental Health
    • Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
    • Professor of Epidemiology, The University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

    Maree leads a program of public health and health services research at The George Institute, focusing on developing simple, cost effective strategies (which can be integrated with other secondary prevention strategies) to prevent depression and significantly improve the outcome for people with depression and other chronic diseases.

  • Professor Mark Woodward


    • Senior Professorial Fellow, Professorial Unit
    • Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology, University of Oxford
    • Professor of Medical Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Working in the Professorial Advisory Unit of The George Institute, Mark is also a Professor of Medical Statistics at UNSW Sydney, Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Associate Professor Martin Gallagher


    • Program Director, Acute Kidney Injury and Trials

    Martin is an Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney, Associate Professor of Medicine at Concord Hospital Clinical School (part of the Sydney Medical School), Director of the Renal and Metabolic Division in the George Institute and a clinical nephrologist in the Renal Dept at Concord Repatriation and General Hospital.

  • Associate Professor Meg Jardine


    • Program Head, Innovative Kidney Research and Head, Renal Trials, George Clinical
    • Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    A/Professor Meg Jardine is Program Head of Innovation & Kidney Research at The George Institute and Head of Renal Trials at George Clinical.

  • Parisa Glass

    Dr Parisa Glass


    • Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
    • Deputy Director, George Institute Australia
    • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Dr Parisa Glass is the Deputy Director for the George Institute Australia. In this role, she leads all facets of operational activity across the George Institute Australia. 

  • Professor Stephen Jan


    • Head of Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program
    • Co-Director, Health System Science
    • Professor of Health Economics, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Stephen Jan is Head of the Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program and Co-Director, Health System Science at the George Institute for Global Health and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales.

  • Simone Pettigrew

    Professor Simone Pettigrew


    • Program Head, Food Policy

    Professor Simone Pettigrew is the Head of Food Policy. She has qualifications in Economics, Marketing, and Consumer Psychology. Her broad areas of expertise include behavioural psychology, health promotion, health policy, communications, social marketing, and intervention research.

  • Julie Brown

    Julie Brown


    • Program Head, Injury Division, The George Institute Australia
    • Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
    • Joint Director, Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA
    • Honorary Principal Research Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Centre

    Julie Brown is Program Head of the Injury Division at The George Institute for Global Health Australia, and works across the continuum of the public health model from defining problems, identifying risk and protective factors to developing and testing prevention measures with the ultimate aim of reducing the health burden attributable to unintentional injury.

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    Keziah Bennett-Brook


    • Program Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program

    Keziah Bennett-Brook is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman, Program Manager of the Aboriginal a

  • Prof Alta Schutte

    Professor Alta Schutte

    • Professorial Fellow, The George Institute, Australia
    • Principal Theme Lead: Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Alta Schutte is the Principal Theme Lead for Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney; Professorial Fellow at The George Institute Australia; holds a professorial appointment at North-West University, South Africa and is the President of the International Society of Hypertension.

  • A/Prof Gian Luca Di Tanna

    Associate Professor Gian Luca Di Tanna

    • Head of the Statistics Division, Australia
    • Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

    A/Prof Gian Luca Di Tanna is the Head of the Statistics Division based in the Sydney office of The George Institute for Global Health.

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