Associate Professor Sarah Aitken is a vascular surgeon, researcher and educator based at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney. She is Head of the Specialty of Surgery at the University of Sydney, Deputy Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Vascular Training Board and Chair of the Sydney Health Partners Perioperative and Surgery Clinical Academic Group. Her PhD research using routinely-collected population health data to evaluate age-related disparities in vascular surgical outcomes resulted in innovative new approaches to older patients having surgery and has been included in national and international clinical guidelines. Her current clinical research program involves the use of population-health data, participatory research, and digital health solutions to translate evidence into patient-centred surgical services and health policies. She has been awarded over $1.8 million in research funding, more than 40 publications in the past 5 years, and her collaborative approach to vascular and perioperative research has received international recognition.