Associate Professor Andrew Cochrane is a leading cardiac surgeon from Melbourne, with 20 years of consultant surgical experience. Since 2003, he has volunteered his time annually in Timor-Leste, providing surgical care on a pro bono basis, in addition to volunteer surgical work in Pacific nations through Operation Open Heart and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He has been a surgeon in over 20 charitable teams to the Pacific, Timor-Leste and South East Asia. He is also involved in operating on patients brought to Melbourne through Rotary and the Children First Foundation. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Monash University, where he is involved in a number of research projects and teaching, and has over 95 journal publications. He is also actively involved in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, serving on several committees and was the Chair of the RACS Victorian State Committee from 2006-2008. He is involved in surgical teaching courses, and is currently Deputy Chair of the Cardiothoracic Board of Training. He is an editor of the journal Heart, Lung and Circulation.
Associate Professor Cochrane set up the East Timor Hospital Support Fund via the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005. In addition to his volunteer surgical services, Associate Professor Cochrane is engaged in several other philanthropic activities through Monash University and University of Melbourne, including financing the Donald Cochrane Scholarship through the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University, and the Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship via the Melba Opera Trust. He is currently a Director and Trustee of the Cochrane – Schofield Charitable Fund.
As Deputy Chairman of the Bairo Pite Hospital Timor-Leste, Associate Professor Cochrane’s special responsibilities include recruitment for the Medical Advisory Panel.
Associate Professor Andrew Donald Cochrane was recognised in the Australia Day Honours List 2013 being awarded a Member Of The Order Of Australia (AM) for significant service to adolescent and adult congenital heart disease as a clinician, researcher and educator, and through humanitarian and philanthropic contributions.