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About the Baird Institute
The Baird Institute was established in honour of Professor Douglas K Baird, to continue his life saving work and research, driving medical breakthroughs in heart and lung surgery.
Professor Baird, or Doug, as he was more commonly known, understood that people need to work together and share knowledge in order to unearth new information and continually improve upon the knowledge of the past.
His passion still inspires us to work together to make life better for critically ill people.
Yet, just as our patients need our surgeons, our surgeons and researchers need you by our side, so we can continue Doug’s vital work – together.
Who was Professor Baird?
Professor Douglas K Baird AM MBBS FRACS was a talented cardiothoracic surgeon and researcher who dedicated his life to making sure surgical outcomes were continually measured and improved for the benefit of all.
The legacy Professor Baird left behind is beyond measurement. Though you may not be aware of it, his work has benefited countless families and communities like yours.
In Australia, diseases of the heart, lung and blood vessels kill more people than any other disease.
Heart Disease is the number one killer of women and more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
The Baird Institute is the only dedicated cardiothoracic surgical training and research institute in Australia.
We receive no government funding and rely on the generosity of people like you to continue Doug’s work.