CMRI Welcomes Appointment of New Executive Director of Sydney Health Partners
Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) has welcomed the appointment of Professor Garry Jennings AO as the new Executive Director of Sydney Health Partners, which CMRI has been part of since its inception in 2015.
Sydney Health Partners was one of only a few collaborations in Australia to be recognised as an “Advanced Health and Research Translation Centre” by the National Health and Medical Research Council. It brings together the expertise of hospitals (Local Health Districts), medical research institutes and the University of Sydney, and serves the healthcare needs of 2.7 million people.
“I have always had a strong interest in public health, and this is an important opportunity to make a real difference. I am excited about the very positive influence that Sydney Health Partners can have on the health system, and am very encouraged by the strength of the organisations that make up the Partnership,” Professor Jennings said.
Professor Jennings has extensive experience in health and medical research, specialising in cardiology. He served as the Director of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne for 14 years and most recently as the Interim CEO of the National Heart Foundation. He has had a long association with the National Heart Foundation as a former Board Member and Chair of its Cardiovascular Health Advisory Committee. He will also remain active in his clinical and research activities.
As a leading cardiologist, Professor Jennings has also had a long career in clinical practice including as the Director of Cardiology at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Professor Jennings also played a key role in the transformation of The Alfred campus as Foundation Chair of the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct.
“Professor Jennings is a highly distinguished researcher and leader, and we are truly fortunate that he has accepted this position,” CMRI Director, Roger Reddel, said.