Clifford Hughes, AO, D.Sc, MB,BS, FRACS

Immediate Past President & Chairman of Board Accreditation Council, International Society for Quality in Health Care

Cliff Hughes AO is Professor, Patient Safety and Clinical Quality, Macquarie University. He is Immediate Past President, the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). He is chair of the Board Accreditation Council for ISQua. An international Safety and Quality Consultant he works with Medway NHS Foundation Trust, UK and with Auckland District Hospital Board N.Z.. He was a cardiothoracic surgeon then Chief Executive of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission for ten years. e has published widely on cardiothoracic surgery, quality and safety. He was Chair of the Australian Therapeutic Devices Evaluation Committee for 13 years and served for four years on the NHMRC Ethics committee. He has Alumni Award from the University of NSW. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO). In 2014, the University of NSW awarded him a Doctor of Science. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons awarded him the Sir Hugh Devine Medal in 2015. He is a board member, Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety in Washington DC, an Advisor, WHO Policy Roundtable on Quality in Health Services, a Consultant in Quality and Safety, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. He is married with three adult children and ten grandchildren. His hobby is railways and he is a “qualified” steam train driver on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, UK. His clinical passion is patient safety, quality Improvement and the development of clinical leaders.