'NSW Premier's ‘Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award’
Congratulations to Professor Richard Scolyer at Melanoma Institute Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The University of Sydney who was awarded the NSW Premier's ‘Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award’.
Professor Scolyer is the world’s most highly cited melanoma pathologist and co-leads a world-renowned translational research laboratory. His ground-breaking work in the diagnosis and prognostic markers of melanoma, the genetic characterisation of melanoma (he co-leads the Australian Melanoma Genome Project), cancer staging, and the rapid detection of the BRAF mutation by immunohistochemistry has made a real difference to the management and survival of patients with melanoma worldwide.
His leading work on the classification of skin cancers (recognised with the appointment as an editor for 4th Edition of World Health Organisation Classification of Skin Tumours) and staging (he is Vice Chair for Melanoma Expert Panel for the AJCC Cancer Staging System) has had an impact across the world. He has presented on >300 occasions at international conferences, and is a co-author of more than 500 articles and book chapters including publications in New England Journal Medicine, Lancet and Nature.
Richard also won the GSK Award for Research Excellence along with Professor Georgina Long for their exceptional contribution to medical research that has transformed melanoma treatment and patient care.
DOUGLAS W. HENDERSON AO
MB, BS, FRCPA, FRCPath, FHKCPath (Hon)
It is with sadness that we report the passing of a great Australian pathologist recently. 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.
RETIREMENT OF ROBERT ‘BOB’ ECKSTEIN
It is with great appreciation and distinctly mixed emotions that we inform the IAP membership and wider pathologic community of the retirement of A/Professor Robert ‘Bob’ Eckstein from clinical practice in August of 2018.
Bob graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1976 and, after internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he undertook anatomic pathology training initially at the same institution (1978-1979), Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Camperdown (1980), the Charing Cross Hospital, London (1980-1981), and then again Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (1981-1982). After a year as a temporary lecturer in the Department of Pathology at Sydney University in 1983, Bob commenced work as a Staff Specialist in the department of anatomical pathological at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1984, where he has continued to work for 34 years.
Throughout that time Bob has been extremely active, first and foremost as a world-class diagnostic surgical pathologist, with particular interest in gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology. A constant source of advice, both professional and personal for other members of the faculty, Bob served as head of the department from 1993 until 2009. During that period he oversaw the transformation of the department from a service providing only on-site pathology to a single hospital, to one covering a large number of public and private hospitals, serving a population of more than 1.2 million people.
Bob’s contribution to the International Academy of Pathology is well recognised by all members and associates of the Academy. He has been a convenor and active participant in virtually all Australasian meetings over the last 38 years with highlights including his term as a chair of the scientific programme and Vice President of Congress for the 25th International Meeting held in Brisbane in 2004 and his terms as President of the Australasian Division from 2001-2003 and Vice President of the IAP representing the Australasian Division internationally from 2005-2012. Indeed, he was the recipient of the Robin Cooke Medal for Service to the Australasian Division in 2009. Whilst it may be an exaggeration to suggest that Bob’s guest appearance in the conference video was the sole reason for the success of the Sydney bid to host the international conference in 2022, there is no doubt that his support, influence and the regard with which he is held amongst the international pathology community were integral to the success of that bid.
Having served the International Academy of Pathology, the International Pathology profession and the wider community for more than 40 years, Bob has provided us with insight and perspective valued by all who have met and worked with him. In retirement, Bob intends to spend more time with his children, Laura, Michael, Sarah, Genevieve, their partners, and his grandchildren. Sadly his wife Anne passed away in 2016.
As much as we will miss him in the field and the academy, we also wish him happiness and fulfilment in his retirement.