Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australian of the Year
2018 NSW Australian of the Year Nominee
Professor Peter Macdonald AMState: New South Wales
Cardiologist and medical pioneer
A medical director at St Vincent's Hospital and a revered professor at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Peter Macdonald has dedicated his life to helping the 3.7 million Australians with heart disease. A giant in the scientific world, Peter is the man behind what has been described as the most important global advance in heart transplantation since the early 1980s. In a world first, Peter and his research team discovered how to successfully transplant a ‘dead’ heart that had stopped beating – by using preservation fluid developed in the laboratory and a machine that allows the heart to beat outside the body. Peter’s ‘heart in a box’ will spare countless lives around the world by increasing the number of transplants that can be performed by at least 30 per cent. Peter has mentored dozens of postgraduate students, published over 300 research papers and is actively striving to 'close the gap' in health inequality by providing outreach services to remote Indigenous communities.