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Professor Len Kritharides is Senior Staff Specialist and Head of the Department of Cardiology at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) Sydney, Conjoint Professor in Medicine at The University of Sydney, Head of the Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory Group at the ANZAC Research Institute and Deputy Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Stream of the Sydney Local Health District. In 1994, he completed a PhD in macrophage biology at HRI. After postdoctoral research at HRI and in the USA, he took up an appointment as Staff Specialist in Cardiology at CRGH in 1998 and became Head of Department in 2003.

Professor Kritharides was awarded a NSW Government Community Services Award for his contribution to CRGH in 2006, the President’s Medal for contributions to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) in 2013, and the Distinguished Researcher Award by the Australian Vascular Biology Society in 2014. He is currently President of CSANZ, Chair of the Specialist Training Committee in Cardiology of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and a Director and National Board Member of the Heart Foundation of Australia. He was appointed to the Board of the HRI in 2009, Chairs its Scientific Advisory Committee, and was appointed Chairman in 2017.