Cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Paul Bannon

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Professor Paul Bannon is an adult cardiothoracic surgeon of international standing, with clinical appointments at Royal Prince Alfred, Concord, Strathfield Private and Macquarie University Hospitals. Professor Bannon is the Head of Department of The Royal Prince Alfred Cardiothoracic Unit, holds the inaugural Professorial Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Sydney, is the Chairman of The Baird Institute for Applied Heart and Lung Surgical Research, and the President-elect of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS). He is the co-Chairman of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Institute for Academic Surgery.

Professor Bannon graduated from the University of Sydney in 1987, completed a PhD from the same institution in 1998 and was awarded a FRACS (CTh) in 1998. He has a particular passion for translational research in the areas of congenital aortic and mitral valve disease, 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 also co-Chair of the Cardiac Devices Committee for the Agency of Clinical Innovation for the Ministry of Health, NSW. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, a Medline-listed multimedia journal of cardiothoracic surgery.

Professor Bannon has a reputation as the ‘surgeon's surgeon’ and has particular expertise in surgery of the aortic root and arch, high-risk re-do surgery, total-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting, and surgery for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He also likes to surf and spend time with his family.