Len Kritharides graduated in Medicine from Melbourne University and completed his Cardiology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook PhD studies in Macrophage Biology at the Heart Research Institute in Sydney (HRI) between 1991-1994. After postdoctoral research at the HRI and in the USA, he took up an appointment as Staff Specialist in Cardiology at CRGH in 1998 and became Head of Department in 2003. He is currently Senior Staff Specialist and Head of the Department of Cardiology at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Conjoint Professor in Medicine at The University of Sydney, Head of the Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory Group at the ANZAC Research Institute and Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Stream of the Sydney Local Health District.
Professor Kritharides was awarded a NSW Government Community Services Award for his contributions to CRGH in 2006, the President’s Medal for contributions to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) in 2013, and the Distinguished Researcher Award by the Australian Vascular Biology Society in 2014. He is the immediate Past President of the CSANZ, is a Director and National Board Member of the Heart Foundation of Australia and is Chair of its Research Strategy Committee. He was appointed to the Board of the HRI in 2009, Chairs its Scientific Advisory Committee, and was appointed Chairman in 2017.