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Professor Gemma A Figtree

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Professor Gemma A Figtree

Director & Chair, Heart Heath Committee

Gemma is a Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney and an Interventional Cardiologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She is the Chair of the University of Sydney’s multi-disciplinary Cardiovascular Initiative. Discoveries in her laboratory have been published in leading journals, including the Lancet, Circulation, JACC and European Heart Journal, with > 215 publications. She was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Excellence Award for Top Ranked Practitioner Fellow (Australia, 2018) and a NSW Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence (2019). Gemma serves as a member of the Editorial Board of leading international journals, including Circulation and Cardiovascular Research and an Associate Editor for Heart, Lung and Circulation. She is a strong advocate for cardiovascular research, working as President of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance with a national team to secure $220 million in federal funding for the Mission for Cardiovascular Health. She chairs the MRFF Mission (CV) Expert Advisory Panel.

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Our Board

The role of the Board is to provide strategic oversight and direction for the Heart Foundation’s activities and ensure that those organisational activities are directed towards achieving its vision of an Australia free of heart disease and its mission to prevent heart disease and improve the heart health and quality of life of all Australians through our work in prevention, support and care and research.

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Governance overview

The Heart Foundation is a National Health Promotion Charity with offices in each state and territory. The National Heart Foundation of Australia (Heart Foundation) is a Company Limited by Guarantee.

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The Heart Foundation leadership team brings together experience from commercial, government and charity sectors to lead our fight for all Australian hearts.

Last updated11 March 2024