Clinician and scientist to lead Medicine and Public Health

Internationally recognised clinician and scientist Professor Jonathan Craig has been appointed as inaugural Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University, commencing in April 2018.

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Professor Craig to lead the new College” says Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling.

“Professor Craig has an exceptional academic record with 640 papers, an H-index of 71 and more than 20 years of continuous NHMRC grant funding.”

Professor Craig holds a Personal Chair in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney, and is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in the NSW Department of Paediatric Nephrology.

He is currently Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and President of the Australia New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

“I am confident that under Professor Craig’s leadership, the College of Medicine and Public Health will build on its excellent reputation for education and research in ways that will contribute towards the University achieving its ambitious 2025 Agenda,” Professor Stirling says.

Professor Craig says this key strategic leadership role at Flinders University provides a remarkable opportunity to further develop his contribution to the field of medicine and public health.

“I’m very pleased to be joining Flinders as its inaugural Vice-President and Executive Dean of Medicine and Public Health in the newly established College structure, presenting an opportunity to lead the Medicine and Public Health disciplines, whilst maintaining my interest in research and clinical activity,” Professor Craig says.

Professor Craig has made a significant contribution to the clinical research landscape in the prevention, identification, management and treatment of chronic kidney disease, particularly in relation to children and in Indigenous communities.

He has led the formation of state, national and international networks to conduct high-quality, relevant trials in children and has been instrumental to the development and implementation of best-practice methods and guidelines relating to chronic kidney disease in Australia and globally.

His awards include International Distinguished Medal of the National (US) Kidney Foundation (2010), the TJ Neale Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nephrological Science, and Honorary Membership of the Italian Society of Nephrology (2004). He is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group.

Professor Craig holds a large number of board and advisory panel positions, including as a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence, a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, a member of the Medicare Services Advisory Committee, a member of the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s Agency for Care Effectiveness, and President of the Australia-NZ Society of Nephrology.

He is a past member of the WHO expert review panel for global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, a past chairman of the Steering Group of the Cochrane Collaboration, and a past member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program.

Professor Jonathan Craig will take up his position at Flinders University in Adelaide on 30 April 2018.

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