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Professor Cliff Hughes

Immediate Past President

Professor Cliff Hughes is President of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. He is Professor of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality at Macquarie University. Formerly a cardiothoracic surgeon he was the Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission in NSW, Australia. He has served on numerous state and federal committees associated with quality, safety and research in clinical practice for health care services. A Fellow, Senior Examiner, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Councillor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, he was awarded its highest honour, the Sir Hugh Devine Medal, in October 2015. Professor Hughes has served on four editorial boards and has published widely in books, journals and conference proceedings on cardiothoracic surgery, quality and safety. He has a particular passion for patient based care, better incident management, quality improvement programmes and the development of clinical leaders. He received an Alumni Award from the University of NSW. He led five medical teams to China and performed cardiac surgery in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. In 1998, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions and “service to cardiac surgery, international relationships and the community”. In June 2014, the University of NSW conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Science, its highest academic award. He is on the Board of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety in Washington DC, USA and Advisor to the WHO Policy Roundtable on Quality in Health Services. He is a Consultant in Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and “Visiting Eminent Scholar and Senior Clinical Advisor” with the Patient Safety Domain NHS England. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. His enduring passion is for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.