Clinicians with an interest in gastroenterology and GI diseases have been recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Perth gastroenterologist Dr David Forbes was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine in the field of paediatric gastroenterology. Dr Forbes has been a paediatric gastroenterologist, Child and Adolescent Health Service, Princess Margaret Hospital, since 1985 and has a special interest in eating disorders.
Also recognised is liver transplant service pioneer Dr Stuart Dorney, of NSW. Dr Dorney was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine as a paediatric gastroenterologist. He was the founder of liver transplantation services, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney.
Two GI surgeons have also been recognised in the Honours List. Associate Professor Jaswinder Samra, a pancreaticobiliary surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor at Macquarie University Hospital, has been awarded a OAM for his service to medicine as a pancreatic specialist. A/Prof Samra co-founded the Australian Pancreatic Centre.
And Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf from the University of Western Australia was also recognised, receiving an AM for ‘significant service to medical education, and to medicine, in the field of bariatric surgery’. Professor Hamdorf also has a research interest in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease