Distinguished Professor Annemarie Hennessy


Dean of the School of Medicine & the Foundation Chair of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Distinguished Professor Annemarie Hennessy, AM, is the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Foundation Chair of Medicine at Western Sydney University.

She is the Executive Dean of the Joint programme in Medicine with the Charles Sturt University, and currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor Heath and Medicine at Western Sydney University. She is the senior research advisor to the CE- SLHD.

She is the group leader of the Vascular Immunology Group at the Heart Research Institute (HRI). She is an active physician caring for women with preeclampsia, hypertension, and vascular and kidney diseases at Campbelltown Hospital for SWSLHD. Annemarie is a Board Member of the Ingham Institute for applied Medical Research, and represents WSU on the Maridulu Budyari Gumul (SPHERE alliance) Board.

Distinguished Prof. Hennessy has a research interest in high blood pressure in pregnancy and has active research collaborations with Universities and hospitals in Sydney, Sweden and the USA, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is also the Managing Director of PEARLS, a non-profit organisation established under the auspices of the Heart Research Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital to raise funds to support ongoing research into the cause of preeclampsia in pregnancy.

Distinguished Prof. Hennessy has held positions in hospital management, clinical service delivery planning and workforce and vocational training with the NSW Ministry of Health. She represents the Minister for Health on the Animal Research Review Panel.