Former SSMRF Chair, Professor John Edmonds AM was named Patron of the Foundation in December 2022, having been appointed the inaugural Foundation Chair in 2007 and serving on the Board for 12 years.

Professor Edmonds was a leading rheumatologist; he was recognised for significant service to medicine, and to medical research, in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.

Professor Edmonds graduated from medicine at Sydney University in 1965 and went on to specialise in rheumatology in 1971. He retired in 2014 after 50 years in practice.