Professor Sir Edward Byrne

Group Chief Medical Officer
Appointed 2021

Professor Sir Edward Byrne

Sir Ed's role as Ramsay's lead medical adviser includes contributing to strategy and shaping Ramsay's clinical excellence agenda.

He has wide Australian and international experience across multiple academic and medical sectors and is highly experienced and well-respected, having held significant leadership positions at a national and international level in the university, health, and industry sectors, both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Sir Ed's significant achievements and contribution to health and medical research have been acknowledged with a Knight Bachelor in the UK (2020) and admission as a Companion of the Order of Australia (2014).

Trained in medicine and a highly regarded clinical neurologist and neuroscientist, his distinguished career has included positions as the Director of the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and Vice Provost for Health at University College London, the largest medical research university in the United Kingdom. More recently, Professor Byrne was the Vice Chancellor of Monash University and President and Principal of King’s College London.

Sir Ed has held a number of major board positions and has chaired the Board of King’s Health Partners which has played a key role in developing new paradigms for treatment in the UK’s National Health Service. He is a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at Australian National University, a Fellow of Kings College London and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).

Sir Ed has wide interests in the arts; he has published four books of poetry through Melbourne University Press and co-authored with Charles Clarke “The University Challenge: Changing universities in a changing world”.