Honours & Awards
We pay tribute to many MMS alumni and staff, and members of the broader Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University community, whose outstanding contributions to their field and society.
Associate Professor Peter Greenberg OAM, Professor Kathryn North AM, Professor Shitij Kapur, Emeritus Professor Henry Burger AO, Professor Kate Leslie AO, Professor James Bishop AO
The Brownless Medal – named after Sir Anthony Colling Brownless (MD 1856, LLD 1888), founder of the Melbourne Medical School – recognises eminent individuals who, through their diligence and leadership, have ensured the growth and positioning of the Medical School as a world leader in medical teaching and training, and in health research, policy and practice.
Associate Professor Peter Greenberg OAM (MBBS 1966, MD 1972, PhD 1974)
In recognition of his substantial and lasting contribution to teaching, research and engagement on behalf of the University, his influence on person-centred and evidence-based clinical practice as a role model and educator of generations of health professionals, and his outstanding facilitation of learning and the application of learning, through activated educational techniques and his innate sense of curiosity.
DOCTOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCE (HONORIS CAUSA)
The Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine and to society, and has been awarded by the Faculty each year since 2012.
It is awarded without the need for completion of the usual requirements of the degree – honoris causa meaning
“for the sake of the honour” in Latin.
Professor James Bishop AO (MBBS 1972, MD 1990, MMed 1999, MD 2017)
in recognition of his service to the Australian community and leadership in the field of oncology, and his vision for an integrated, collaborative model of research and care now manifest in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Emeritus Professor Henry G Burger AO (MBBS 1956, MD 1960, MD 2017)
in recognition of his distinguished scientific contributions, in particular to the advancement of knowledge in the area of reproductive endocrinology, his leadership of his specialty and his prominence in the development and support of clinical initiatives for the health and wellbeing of patients.
Professor Kate Leslie AO (MBBS 1985, MD 1998, GDipEpid&Biostat 2000, MEpid 2002, MD 2017)
in recognition of her highly distinguished clinical, research and leadership contributions to the medical profession and to the advancement of anaesthesia.
Professor Kathryn North AM (MD 2017)
in recognition of her contribution to improving the health of the Australian people through her research excellence and leadership in neuromuscular biology and her advocacy for those affected by neuromuscular and rare inherited genetic disorders.
The Dean’s Honours Award is presented to the graduate achieving the highest academic results in their course.
Dr Mark Elliman (BSc 2012, MD 2016) for the Highest Academic Result in the Doctor of Medicine, 2016.
Dr Jeremy Clark (BBiomed (Hons) 2013, MD 2017)
Dr Dong-Kyoon Ko (BBiomed 2012, MD 2017)
Dr Callum Umstad (BBiomed 2013, MD 2017) for the Highest Academic Result in the Doctor of Medicine, 2017.
OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Professor Ian P Anderson AO (MBBS 1989, DMedSc 2012) in recognition of his distinguished service to the Indigenous community, particularly in the areas of health equality, aged care and education, as an academic, researcher and medical practitioner, to policy reform, and as a role model.
Professor Helen E Herrman AO (MD 1982, DMedSc 2016) in recognition of her distinguished service to medicine, and to mental health, as a leading clinician, researcher and scientist, to national and international professional organisations, and through programs to support youth and women.
Professor James St John AO (MBBS 1959, MD 2001, DMedSc 2016) in recognition of his distinguished service to medicine, and to medical research, as a gastroenterologist, to innovative public health cancer screening programs, and as a mentor of young clinicians.
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Dr Peter G Colman AM (MD 1986) for significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly diabetes research, patient education and clinical management.
Professor Nick Crofts AM (MBBS 1975) for significant service to medicine in the field of epidemiology, particularly through contributions to the control of HIV and other infectious diseases.
Dr Harry B Frydenberg AM (MBBS 1966) for significant service to medicine in the field of bariatric surgery as a clinician, author and mentor, and to professional organisations.
Dr Kenneth J Harvey AM (MBBS 1967) for significant service to community health and the pharmaceutical industry through roles in developing guidelines for the ethical use of antibiotics.
Dr Nicolas J Radford AM (MBBS 1965) for significant service to medicine as a nephrologist, to the management of medical complications during pregnancy, and to professional standards.
Dr Hugh G Seward AM (MBBS 1976) for significant service to Australian rules football as a physician, particularly to the prevention and management of injuries.
Associate Professor Raymond D Snyder AM (MBBS 1969, MMed 1985) for significant service to medicine, particularly as an oncologist, to cancer research, and to professional and service delivery organisations.
MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Dr Scott S Giltrap OAM (MBBS 1977) for service to medicine, particularly in regional areas.
COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Professor David W Kissane AC (MBBS 1974, MD 1995) for eminent service to psychiatry, particularly psycho-oncology and palliative medicine, as an educator, researcher, author and clinician, and through executive roles with a range of national and international professional medical bodies.
Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld AC (MBBS 1976, MS 1991) for eminent service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of neurosurgery, as an academic and clinician, to medical research and professional organisations, and to the health and welfare of current and former defence force members.
MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Professor William R Adam OAM PSM (MBBS 1965, BMedSc 1972, PhD 1972) for service to medical education, particularly to rural health.
Dr Ralph L Peters OAM (PGDipPallMed 2006) for service to medicine, and to the community of the Derwent Valley.
Associate Professor Julian L Rait OAM (MBBS 1982) for service to ophthalmology, and to the development of overseas aid.
Dr Katrina J Watson OAM (MBBS 1977) for service to medicine, particularly to gastroenterology.
Dr Karen S Wayne OAM (MBBS 1977) for service to the community of Victoria through a range of organisations.
Dr Anthony P Weldon OAM (MBBS 1966) for service to the community, and to paediatric medicine.
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Professor George Braitberg AM (MBBS 1981, GdipEpid&Biostat 2003) for significant service to medical administration and emergency medicine, to education and health system design, and to the community.
Professor Susan L Elliott AM (MBBS 1982, MD 1992) for significant service to education as an academic administrator, as a clinician in the field of gastroenterology, and to educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific.
Associate Professor Nerina S Harley AM (MBBS 1984, MD 1998, PGDipEcho 2005) for significant service to medicine in the fields of intensive care and nephrology, as an administrator, and to medical research and education.
Adjunct Professor John W Kelly AM (MBBS 1976, MD 1986) for significant service to medicine through the management and treatment of melanoma, as a clinician and administrator, and to education.
Dr Ross K Littlewood AM (MBBS 1977) for significant service to medicine as an ophthalmologist, to professional medical organisations, and to the international community of Timor Leste.
Professor Frank Oberklaid AM (MBBS 1969, MD 1992) for significant service to medicine in the field of clinical paediatrics, child development, and public health policy, as a researcher and academic.
Professor Mark P Umstad AM (MBBS 1984, MD 1994) for significant service to medicine in the field of obstetrics, particularly complex pregnancies, as a clinician, consultant and academic.
Professor Barbara S Workman AM (MBBS 1977, MD 1990) for significant service to geriatric and rehabilitation medicine, as a clinician and academic, and to the provision of aged care services.
OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Professor Emeritus David J Ames AO (MBBS 1978, MD 1989, BA 1992) for distinguished service to psychiatry, particularly in the area of dementia and the mental health of older persons, as an academic, author and practitioner, and as an adviser to professional bodies.
Professor Suzanne M Garland AO (MBBS 1971, MD 1998) for distinguished service to medicine in the field of clinical microbiology, particularly to infectious diseases in reproductive and neonatal health as a physician, administrator, researcher and author, and to professional medical organisations.
Professor David J Handelsman AO (MBBS 1974) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reproductive endocrinology and andrology, as a clinician, author and researcher, to the science of doping in sport, and to medical education.
Mr Anthony D Holmes AO (MBBS 1969) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reconstructive and craniofacial surgery, as a leader, clinician and educator, and to professional medical associations.
Professor Jonathan M Kalman AO (MBBS 1983, PhD 1994) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to cardiac electrophysiology as a clinician and academic, and through roles with a range of national and international heart rhythm societies.