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18:00 on 17 May 2019
Friday 17th May, 2019 at 6pm
St Vincent’s Clinic
438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Guest speaker: Dr Michael McGrath
Inherited, acquired and environmental contributions to the development of the specialty of Vascular Medicine in Australia at St Vincent’s Hospital.
My grandfather Capt. Paddy O’Shea was a highly decorated medical officer in the World War 1, being a volunteer member of the Australian Army Medical Corps. For his courage in repeatedly attending the wounded under fire, Capt. Paddy O’Shea was awarded DSO, MC and Bar and MID. Of 417,000 Australians enlisted in the AIF, WW1, only 6 were awarded this combination of bravery awards.
This year, 2019, is the 100th anniversary of my grandfather’s return from the Western Front and, at the age of 27, commenced work as a surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital. In 1921 Paddy married Shirley Robinson, a St Vincent’s Nurse, at St Canice’s Catholic Church, Darlinghurst; they had two children including my mother Patricia.
In 1964, 55 years ago, I followed my grandfather to St Vincent’s as a 4th year medical student. The 1960’s and 1970’s were decades of wonderful opportunity for a young doctor working at St Vincent’s. We had the generous mentoring of skilful clinicians and inspirational teachers, and we were easily encouraged in the productive interface between patient care and clinical research. Through this period I became increasingly attracted toward establishing a career in Vascular Medicine. Encouragement came from many sources, notably Vascular Surgery (Prof Doug Tracy), Immunology (Prof Ron Penny), Cardiology (Prof John Hickie), Haematology, Physiology and Pharmacology (Prof Darty Glover). This was an ideal preparation for a 3-year fellowship in Physiology and Vascular Diseases under Prof John Shepherd at the Mayo Clinic. Experience gained at the Mayo Clinic was an invaluable contribution to the eventual establishment of the Department of Vascular Medicine at St Vincent’s in 1979.
Now, 40 years on, the new generations of Vascular Physicians are inspiring the grandfathers of the profession!
“There’s no more sacred duty than to remember to whom you owe yourself”
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