Professor Michael Vallely is a leading cardiothoracic surgeon with clinical appointments at Macquarie University Hospital, The Mater Hospital, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital and John Flynn Hospital Gold Coast. Professor Vallely has a special interest in elderly and high-risk patients with multiple medical issues and minimally invasive heart and lung surgery. He holds Clinical Professorships at The University of Sydney and Macquarie University.

He has been a member of the board for The Baird Institute for Applied Heart and Lung Surgical Research and of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Cardiothoracic Board. He was a leader of the Baird Institute’s Innovative Heart Surgery Research Group and supervised a clinical and basic research team of Honours, Masters and Doctoral students and was a member of the board of the Royal Prince Alfred Institute for Academic Surgery.