Professor Ian Puddey
(MBBS FRACP MD) – Immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Australia.
He commenced the position of Dean on 1st January 2005 and retired at the end of June 2015. He graduated from the Medical School of the University of Western Australia in 1975. After being awarded a Doctorate in Medicine in 1985 he pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Virginia in 1986-87. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of WA in 1990. He returned to the US for a year in 1996 to further pursue his cardiovascular research interests for a year at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in the Welch Institute for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Medicine. He became the inaugural Head of the School of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia from 2002 to 2004.
He is a general physician with a special interest in cardiovascular medicine and has spent most of his clinical career at Royal Perth Hospital having provided service to a general medical unit and the Hypertension-Lipid Clinic since 1983 and to the Stroke Unit since its inception more than a decade ago. He was Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital from 2000 to 2004. He was the inaugural director of the NH&MRC funded Centre for Training in Clinical Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Research at the Royal Perth Hospital.
He has had longstanding clinical and research interests in all aspects of diet, alcohol use and lifestyle as they pertain to modification of cardiovascular risk factors and prevention of coronary artery disease and stroke. His research interests also include the effects of alcohol, phytochemicals, tea, antioxidants, soy isoflavones, plant and animal protein, fish oils, and exercise on blood pressure and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In 2005, he received the Nutrition Society of Australia Medal which is awarded to Australian nutrition scientists with an outstanding record in the field of human or animal nutrition.
A major research focus during his term as Dean and continuing since his retirement has been on the approaches taken to the selection of medical students and resultant outcomes.