Professor Kumar Visvanathan appointed as Precinct Lead for the Department of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital

Professor Kumar Visvanathan has been appointed as Precinct Lead for the Department of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, replacing Professor Mark Cook AO. Professor Visvanathan joined both the academic Department of Medicine and the clinical Department of Infectious Diseases at St Vincent’s Hospital in 2012. He was also appointed as Co-Director of the Immunology Research Centre at St Vincent's Hospital.

Professor Jumar Visvanathan, pictured in a lab.

Professor Kumar Visvanathan from the Department of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Professor Visvanathan obtained his MBBS and PhD from the University of New South Wales before completing a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Rockefeller University in New York. He has an active research laboratory which focusses on the innate immune system in sepsis, viral hepatitis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Professor Visvanathan’s ambitions for the Department of Medicine are to support early and mid-career clinician researchers through University-Hospital co-appointments to pursue their research, and to integrate the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne to the clinical departments at St Vincent's Hospital in their leadership and innovative contributions to healthcare.

Professor Mark Cook AO will continue in his other leadership roles, including as Sir John Eccles Chair of Medicine, Director of Clinical Neurosciences, and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at St Vincent’s Hospital, as well as his research leadership through the development of the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery.

We thank Professor Mark Cook for his continuing contributions to leadership in the Department of Medicine over many years and wish Professor Kumar Visvanathan all the best as he commences in his new role.