Jeremy Chapman receives one of world’s highest honours in renal medicine

Professor Jeremy Chapman AC

Renowned renal physician Professor Jeremy Chapman AC has been announced as just the fifth person in history to receive the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) Kenzo Oshima Award.

Prof Chapman is a world leader in kidney transplantation, has worked at Westmead Hospital since 1987, is deputy chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) board and chair of the Westmead Research Hub Council.

His latest honour is named in memory APSN co-founder Dr Kenzo Oshima, one of the heroes of modern nephrology and a great proponent of international collaboration.

Prof Chapman was nominated in recognition of his outstanding clinical, scientific and academic leadership, particularly in the field of kidney transplantation.

Jeremy and Jacob
Professors Jeremy Chapman and Jacob George, pictured in 2017 upon being inducted as Fellows in the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

“I am very honoured that my colleagues around Asia-Pacific have deemed it appropriate to recognise my work in nephrology. It is a great delight,” Prof Chapman said.

“We are clearly entering the Asian century, and the linkage of this region has been important for developing a cohesive approach to kidney health despite very different environments physically, culturally, economically and politically.

“It is the role of a society like ours to help manage and develop nephrology services appropriately and ethically in areas of great need within our region.”

WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy congratulated Prof Chapman on his prestigious recognition.

“Professor Chapman has contributed substantially to global health and has undoubtedly raised the international profile of Westmead Health Precinct,” Mr Loy said.

“Even in his ‘retirement’ from clinical work at Westmead Hospital he continues tirelessly to advance the cause of equitable access to kidney health in our region.”

Prof Chapman said his role as former president of the international Transplantation Society in working with the World Health Organisation to update their guiding principles, and with colleagues on the profession’s Declaration of Istanbul on ethical standards for organ donation, were among the most important contributions of his career.

Associate Professor Germaine Wong, director of renal and transplantation medicine at Westmead Hospital, congratulated her colleague and said the Kenzo Oshima Award is one of the highest accolades in renal medicine.

Professor Chapman will receive the award at the Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology in Hong Kong in October, if COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions allow.