Professor Robyn Ward has been named the new executive dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at Sydney University.
Her appointment follows an extensive international search. She will take up her position on 9 July, 2018.
Sydney University vice-chancellor Michael Spence described Professor Ward as “a highly accomplished researcher with a consistently strong track record”.
“Robyn’s deep understanding of the challenges facing health disciplines and health provision in the 21st century, combined with her significant experience in management and policy advice at a national level, position her exceptionally well for this complex and exciting role,” he said.
“The selection panel and I were enormously impressed by her deep appreciation for the value of multidisciplinary research and teaching, and her vision for a future in which all the disciplines in the new faculty work together and with the wider health community to tackle the important issues facing health provision in the future.”
Professor Ward is currently deputy vice-chancellor (research) and acting executive dean of medicine at the University of Queensland. She has been professor of medicine at UNSW, clinical associate dean at the Prince of Wales Clinical School and head of the adult cancer program at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. Robyn was also director of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
She will play a critical role in bringing the university’s new integrated Faculty of Medicine and Health together, and in its pivotal and growing relationship with Western Sydney Local Health Fistrict.