Colleagues pay tribute to Clinical Associate Professor James D’Rozario

Colleagues have paid tribute to Canberra haematologist Clinical Associate Professor James D’Rozario, who passed away last week at the age of 56.

Associate Professor D’Rozario was Director of Haematology Clinical Services at Canberra Hospital, where he had worked for 18 years. He was also Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Service at the hospital and Visiting Fellow in the Department Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU, where he had a research interest in the genetic basis and cellular mechanisms of primary human leukaemic and lymphoma diseases.

In a statement, the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG) highlighted Associate Professor D’Rozario’s reputation as a widely respected and liked clinician and researcher.

“James was a personal friend to numerous Australian and New Zealand haematologists; he was a kind and genuinely wonderful person with a quick-witted personality.

“We remember his smart dress sense and his deep, commanding voice. His opinions were carefully considered, and he was always encouraging his peers. He fostered a drive for clinical trial research at The Canberra Hospital, upholding strong values in reputation for excellence. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by the Australian and New Zealand haematology community.”

Associate Professor D’Rozario trained in medicine at Adelaide University Medical School, where former colleague Professor Catherine Hill, now head of rheumatology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said he had made a lasting impression on all who knew him.

In 2021 Associate Professor D’Rozario was honoured with the AMA (ACT) President’s Award for services to medicine.

Presenting the award, AMA (ACT) president Dr Antonio Di Dio noted that A/Prof D’Rozario “consistently demonstrates leadership, initiative and has been instrumental in developing a spirit of collaboration among the medical staff, management and the hospital as a whole.”

“Associate Professor D’Rozario shows unstinting vision and stewardship of the Department of Haematology in its pursuit of excellence in service delivery, teaching and research. His dedication to medical education has also extended to the National level with leadership roles in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia,” he said.

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