Ramsay Health Care UK Welcomes New Group Chief Medical Officer

29th October 2020




Ramsay Health Care UK is pleased to welcome Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC as the new Group Chief Medical Officer of Ramsay Health Care.

Professor Byrne is currently the President and Principal at King’s College London, and will be relocating to Sydney from London.

Professor Byrne began his career in Adelaide after graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 1974 and subsequently trained as a Neurologist in both Adelaide and London. He was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. He has made major contributions to research in the field of mitochondrial medicine and neuromuscular disorders.

Professor Byrne has served as Head of the Medical School and Vice Provost of University College London (2007-2009) and was the President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University (2009-2014). He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London and Edinburgh, The American Academy of Neurology and The American Neurological Association. He is also a fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences which he helped found.

Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Professor Byrne has been providing expert advice to Ramsay Health Care UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ramsay Health Care UK’s CEO Dr Andy Jones said: “I am delighted that Professor Byrne is joining the Global Executive Board to continue to drive the organisation’s high quality healthcare agenda. Professor Byrne’s guidance and consultation has been invaluable to the UK Executive Team during the current pandemic.”

Professor Byrne will commence his role in February 2021. He succeeds Professor John Horvath AO who is due to retire at the end of February 2021.