Our Scientists

Professor David Winlaw

Professor David Winlaw is a paediatric cardiac surgeon and researcher. He is based at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and is Professor in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Sydney. He is the Head of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Professor Winlaw is also the newest faculty member to join the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, working very closely with Professor Sally Dunwoodie.

David’s main research interests are the genetic basis of congenital heart disease, the role of genetic variants in post-operative outcome, neurodevelopment in neonates undergoing heart surgery and long-term outcomes in congenital heart disease.

He is also working on bioengineered solutions to common problems in paediatric cardiac surgery, including right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduits, that currently require repeated open-heart surgery to replace as they wear out and are outgrown by small children.

Professor Winlaw has been an invited speaker at the scientific meetings of both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. He is regularly invited to speak at the Cardiac Society for Australia and New Zealand meetings. In 2012 and 2013 he was invited faculty meetings in Japan, Taiwan, USA and Indonesia. He operates in Yangon Myanmar on an annual basis as part of the Open Heart Internation program.

Professor Winlaw was also the clinical co-chair of the scientific committee for the World Congress of Paediatrics and Child Health, held in Cairns in 2009.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.