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Robert Lusby our new Chairman

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

Emeritus Professor Robert Lusby AM

Having just been made Chair of Pokolbin ADFAS I thought for those who don’t know me a brief outline of my background may be of passing interest. ( a little formal with apologies)

Emeritus Professor Lusby is an Honours graduate in Medicine from the University of NSW, he was a surgical trainee at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and obtained his Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK.

Portrait commissioned by Sydney University by Paul Newman of Robert Lusby AM

While working at the University of California San Francisco he was appointed to the University of Sydney as Professor of Surgery taking up a post at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in 1983 at the age of 36. He is a vascular surgeon who pioneered the use of Ultrasound in the diagnosis of Vascular disease and determined much of the clinic-pathological relationship between carotid atherosclerosis and stroke. He worked in the field of Aortic Aneurysm surgery particularly the Endoluminal approach which avoided open surgery.

He served as Head of the Clinical School at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and was the Associate Dean of the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. While Head of School he was the driving force in raising funds and building the state-of-the-art Concord Medical Education Centre.

Colonel Professor Lusby served as a surgeon in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and was posted to Rwanda with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force; to Bougainville with the Peace Monitoring Group and in 1999 he served with the INTERFET forces in East Timor. In addition, he was the Consultant Surgeon to the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

Professor Lusby is former Chair of the ANZAC Medical Research Institute, is a board member of the Asbestos Research Institute and is on the advisory committee for Dame Edith Walker Estate.

Professor Lusby is currently Chair of the newly formed National Centre for Veterans Health Care working party and is on its Advisory Council.

Professor Lusby has previously served on the Macquarie and Northern Area Health Service boards and has been a councillor of the NSW branch of the AMA and chair of its Ethics committee. He was a foundation member of the Post Graduate Medical Council.

The Lusby family have a vineyard and olive grove in the Hunter Valley at Pokolbin they established some 25 years ago. Tintilla Estate is where they grow their own grapes and make their own wine. It has a cellar door that is a warm and friendly place to visit and take in the views while enjoying a glass of wine and eating olives!

As the the proprietor of Tintilla Estate Hunter Valley Vineyard and Winery he has been actively involved with the Pokolbin wine growing region. He wrote the successful application for the declaration of Pokolbin as an internationally recognised Geographical wine sub-region. He writes a regular blog on wine-related matters for the Around Hermitage Association known as “Bob’s Blog”

Along with his wife Mary, they have four children and seven grandchildren.

Bob Lusby was made Citizen of the year in 2013 by Canada Bay Council.

He was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for his outstanding services to medicine as a vascular surgeon, clinician, educator and researcher.

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