The RT Hall Prize is the most prestigious award for research in the field of cardiology in Australia and New Zealand. It recognises the achievements of senior and established investigators. 

Yves is senior research fellow at Murdoch Children's Research Institute, a paediatric heart surgeon at Royal Children's Hospital, as well as Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.

Yves spearheaded the Australian and New Zealand Fontan Registry as its Founder and Chair, which has been a world-leading research initiative. It was his singular vision of fine-tuning all aspects of care for Fontan patients, and building research capacity through collaboration to pursue this goal that impressed the judges.

His passion and ongoing dedication to pursue the best long-term outcomes for this highly vulnerable patient population is extraordinary. As well as, his training of a "next generation" of academic cardiac surgeons. 

Yves said he felt very honoured to receive the award. "To the best of my knowledge, the last surgeon to receive the award was back in 1968, I'm thrilled to have my work recognised by being awarded this prestigious award."

Pictured: Professor D'Udekem (left) with President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Professor Mark Webster.