Professor Tony Cunningham AO

Professor Tony Cunningham AO

Professor Tony Cunningham AO is Executive Director of The Westmead Institute, Director of the Institute’s Centre for Virus Research, and Professor of Research Medicine and Sub-Dean (research) Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney.

Professor Cunningham held the role of AAMI president from November 2016 – November 2018.

He completed his undergraduate training MBBS, B.Med.Sci. in 1972, and worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in various roles, including a Lectureship in Medicine at the University of Melbourne, during which he completed an MD in viral arthritis until 1980. He was then appointed Senior Medical Registrar at Fairfield Infectious Diseases, Melbourne.

From 1981-1983 he was an NHMRC Applied Health Sciences Fellow at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Stanford University, USA.

In 1984 he was appointed Director of the Virology Department of the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, and consultant physician in the Infectious Diseases Unit at Westmead Hospital until his current appointment in June 1996.

He was appointed Associate Professor of Virology/Medicine at the University of Sydney, Department of Medicine in 1989. He joined the Board of the Children’s Medical Research Institute as the nominee of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in 1996.

Professor Cunningham’s research interests focus on viral medicine, especially basic biology, pathogenesis, seroepidemiology, diagnosis and anti-viral treatment of HIV and herpes virus infections.