Doug W. Henderson AO
Thu 04, Oct 2018
DOUGLAS W. HENDERSON AO
MB, BS, FRCPA, FRCPath, FHKCPath (Hon)
Professor Henderson was honoured by the Division with the award of the Distinguished Pathologist Medal in 2010 and was a previous recipient of the Distinguished Fellow Award by The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2006. In 2015 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to medicine, especially in the field of asbestos-related disorders.
Over a 48 year career as a specialist Anatomical Pathologist, including as Professor of Anatomical Pathology at the Flinders University Doug Henderson pursued an interest in pleuropulmonary pathology, and especially multidisciplinary aspects of asbestos-related disorders (pleural plaques, diffuse pleural fibrosis, benign asbestos pleuritis with effusion, asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma). He was published very widely in the field of pulmonary pathology, asbestos-related diseases and malignant mesothelioma. Professor Henderson was also an expert in ultrastructural pathology and his books Ultrastructural Appearances of Tumours and Diagnostic Ultrastructure of Non-neoplastic Diseases were standard reading for pathologists in training for many years
As a recognised international expert in the field of asbestos-related diseases Doug served on many local and international panels and consortia including the Australian Mesothelioma Surveillance Program, The World Health Organization and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, The International Mesothelioma Panel and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Disputes Resolution Panel. Over his career he prepared over 4000 medico-legal reports for courts and tribunals in Australia and the United Kingdom, commissioned by solicitors acting for both plaintiffs and respondents. Professor Henderson leaves us with an incredible body of work and scholarship resulting from a lifetime of dedicated study and he has certainly enhanced the reputation of Australasian pathology on the world stage.