In Memoriam

Aroney, Michael Peter

General Surgery and Trauma

As well as general surgery and trauma he had a special interest in surgical hydatid disease and later embraced laparoscopic techniques for cholecystectomy and more recently pioneering laparoscopic herniorrhaphy in Sydney.

Bryan, Ian James “Bill”

Orthopaedic Surgeon – Master Surgeon

I well recall my first significant encounter with Bill Bryan – it would have been I969 – about lam on Saturday morning – Bill on the telephone ” I would like you to come to Marrickville Hospital – I have got a I9 old Uni. student with a fractured shaft of femur and I can’t feel any pulses in the leg” These were days before angiography or ultrasound- clinical acumen was required- judgement was essential – urgent action despite the hour and the inconvenience was demanded – and the young mans leg was saved.

Sheldon, Mark

Psychiatrist – psychiatric services to remote Aboriginal communities

A pioneer psychiatrist with a mission to provide psychiatric services to remote Aboriginal communities, Mark died of bowel cancer in Sydney, age 33 years. In the vastness of Central Australia, Mark learnt to overcome cultural and language barriers in his dealings with indigenous people and was honoured by having an Aboriginal name bestowed upon him. Mark did have some natural advantages, his love for the land which he shared with the Aboriginal people and his early education in the Northern Territory.

ShepHerd, Bruce Dalway, AM

Orthopaedic Surgeon – Founder of the Australian Doctors Federation & Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Council of Procedural Specialists and the he Australian Academy of Medicine & Surgery

Bruce Dalway Shepherd was born at the height of the Great Depression on 26/10/1932 in the NSW country town of Tamworth.  His early surgical training was at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, before heading to the UK with his new wife, Annette, to undertake orthopaedic surgical training under the late Ronny Furlong, Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at the prestigious St Thomas’ Hospital and the Rowley Bristow Hospital in Pyrford, Surrey, which was used by St Thomas’ as an outpost for surgical training.

In the UK, Bruce became interested in the work of the late Dr Sir John Charnley with total joint arthroplasty.  Back in Australia, he quickly established himself as an excellent practitioner in total joint arthroplasty.

Harrison, John Meredith

Orthopaedic Surgeon – Australian water polo and swimming team

Dr John Harrison, AM, was an undisputed leader of his profession. He honoured his Hippocratic Oath and practised the highest possible standards of professional ethics. He served as President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and was awarded the L O Betts Medal for clinical excellence. He was Chairman of the Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Australian Doctors’ Federation, where he was awarded the Bruce Shepherd Medal for outstanding service to independent medicine. He served on numerous committees all his professional life including ethics, medical education and training, finance, workers’ compensation and medico-legal.