Excellence in gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer research and treatment has been recognised on the Australia Day 2019 Honours List, with two GI surgeons receiving medals.
Associate Professor Jaswinder Samra has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine as a pancreatic specialist. A/Prof Samra is a pancreaticobiliary surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor at Macquarie University Hospital. He has co-authored over 160 research publications throughout his career and co-founded the Australian Pancreatic Centre. He is also a member of the AGITG’s Upper GI Working Party, where he consults on new research concepts from a surgical perspective.
“I am honoured that to have been recognised in this way,” says A/Prof Samra, “And I want to acknowledge that I am accepting this award on behalf of a much larger group. The contributions of my colleagues, including the AGITG, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and gastroenterologists have all been integral to my work.”
AGITG member Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf from the University of Western Australia was also recognised, receiving an OAM for ‘significant service to medical education, and to medicine, in the field of bariatric surgery’.
The value of raising awareness of cancer in the community was also acknowledged, as Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of the Cancer Council, was also awarded an OAM for her service to community health and cancer control.
Image: A/Prof Jaswinder Samra. Image from Sydney Adventist Hospital.