Queen's Birthday Honours
Neurology Professor David Burke leads our distinguished list of recipients
We are very proud to announce several District clinicians and educators are among those being recognised for their outstanding service or exceptional achievement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Professor David Burke AO was one of 12 Australians to be made a companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in this year’s awards. He has been recognised for eminent service to neurophysiology, to innovative treatments for spinal cord and brain trauma injuries and to professional medical organisations.
Professor Burke, from RPA’s Department of Neurology, is recognised as one of the world’s leading clinical neurophysiologists and has forged an extraordinary research career which has included a focus on understanding the role of spinal cord circuits in the control of movement.
Dr Jonathan Ell, Professor Jonathan Clark, Clinical Professor Peter Bye and Dr Lizabeth Tong have been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Dr Ell has been recognised for significant service to medicine and to medical education and research. A clinical neurologist, Dr Ell has been a stalwart of the RPA general neurology outpatients department for 35 years. A committed teacher, he has trained countless neurology registrars and medical students and is known for his talents as a storyteller.
Professor Clark has been recognised for significant service to medicine as a head and neck surgeon. He has been a consultant in Head and Neck Surgery at RPA since 2006. Professor Clark’s clinical focus is on surgery for advanced skin cancer, facial reconstruction for cancer, robotic surgery for oropharyngeal cancer and salivary gland tumours.
Clinical Professor Bye has been recognised for significant service to medicine, particularly to cystic fibrosis, and to medical education. He is a Clinical Professor and Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at RPA. He has previously held a number of positions including Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Service and Deputy Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine.
Dr Lizabeth Tong has been recognised for significant service to medicine, particularly to child mental health. Dr Tong is the District’s Principal Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Services.
Professor Fjelda Elizabeth Martin was made an Officer in the General Division (AO). She was recognised for distinguished service to dental education as an academic and researcher and to professional organisations. Professor Martin is responsible for the clinical training of students in the final two years of the graduate Doctor of Dental Medicine program (DMD) at Sydney Dental Hospital.
The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level.
The awards and appointments were announced by the Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
Recipients will be invited to attend investitures around Australia in the coming months to receive the insignia of their appointment/award.