Prof Andrew Tonkin




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03 9287 7917


Professor Tonkin is Head of the Cardiovascular Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Prior to this he was Director of Cardiology at Austin Health (1988 -1997) and inaugural Director of Cardiology at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide (1976 -1988). He has also been Chief Medical Officer of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (1997-2006).

Professor Tonkin has been a member of the Executive Board of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the World Heart Federation and has chaired many national expert groups developing clinical guidelines for cardiovascular disease, including lipid management and implementation of the absolute risk approach in Australia. His major research interests are clinical trials, cardiovascular epidemiology, health inequalities and systems of care. He has been International Associate Editor of the major cardiology journal, Circulation for Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Tonkin was awarded an OAM for services to medical research. He has also twice been awarded the RT Hall Prize, the major research award of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Sir John Loewenthal Award, the major award of the Heart Foundation. He has published over 425 research papers.

Professor Tonkin has been working at Melbourne Pathology as a Sessional Cardiologist since March 2011.