Professor Clifford Hughes recently retired from the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Clinical Excellence Commission, a statutory health corporation promoting and supporting improvement in quality and safety in health across New South Wales, Australia. This appointment follows 25 years’ service as a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Professor Hughes has contributed to numerous committees associated with quality, safety and clinical practice research. He has held various positions of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, including Senior Examiner in Cardiothoracic Surgery and member of the College Council. He has served on editorial boards and has been published widely in cardiothoracic surgery, quality and safety.
Professor Hughes has led medical teams to China, and he has performed cardiac surgery worldwide. He has received many awards for his work including an Alumni Award from the University of NSW, and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his contributions and “service to cardiac surgery, international relationships and the community”.