Royal honours for our Western Sydney stars

Westmead Hospital’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology director Professor Jacob George received recognition in the Queen’s Birthday honours for his service in the medical field.

Nine people with strong links to Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours list for their extraordinary contributions to Australian society.

The honours recognise exceptional service to the community, and are awarded as part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.

Professor Jacob George and Dr Michael Hollands from Westmead Hospital have been recognised for their service to the medical field, and WSLHD board member Elizabeth Crouch received an honour for her service to higher education and transport.

Professor Elizabeth Martin, Dr Douglas Thornton and Dr Steven Cohn were recognised for significant service to dentistry, and Professor David Burke AO was named AC for “eminent service to neurophysiology, to innovative treatments for spinal cord and brain trauma injuries, and to professional medical organisations”.

Other people known to the district who were honoured include Westmead Medical Research Foundation advisory board member and former Westmead Institute board member David Borger, who was recognised for service to the Parliament of NSW and to local government, and Professor Constance Katelaris, a former Westmead clinician, for significant service to medicine in the field of immunology and allergy.

WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy congratulated our local recipients.

“All are extremely worthy of the recognition and we’re proud they’re part of our local health district,” Graeme said.

“Congratulations and thank you for your service to the community.”

Westmead Hospital gastroenterology and hepatology director Professor Jacob George said he was delighted and appreciative to be recognised for his significant service to medicine.

“This award has been a truly unexpected but welcome surprise,” Prof George said.

“It is a reflection of the great team here at Westmead Hospital and the Westmead Institute of Medical research, that places patient care and translational research to improve patient outcomes at the forefront.

“I truly have a wonderful team to work with, and helping patients is always very rewarding.”

Westmead Hospital surgeon Dr Michael Hollands with his daughter and junior medical officer Dr Emma Hollands and ward clerk Kathleen Leeder.

Dr Michael Hollands was recognised for his service to medical education and professional standards as a surgeon. Dr Hollands has worked at Westmead Hospital for the past 31 years and is the head of gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

“I feel delighted to be recognised for what reflects the culture at Westmead Hospital, which is encouraging for the hospital and the broader community,” Dr Hollands said.

WSLHD Board member Elizabeth Crouch.

WSLHD board member Elizabeth Crouch was recognised for her service to higher education, and to rail and the transport industry.

Ms Crouch is an experienced company director and business consultant, and has vast experience in corporate governance and enterprise risk management, building, construction and infrastructure.

“Serving in public life is an honour and privilege and receiving a Queen’s Birthday award is an unexpected but very welcome recognition for that service,” Ms Crouch said.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to have received the honour.”

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