Emeritus Professor David Fletcher AM - Biography

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Emeritus Professor David Fletcher AM Graduated MBBS. University of West Australia 1970, General Surgical Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1974, Upper G.I./Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic/Endoscopy training Royal Post Graduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital London (1977-1980), Associate Professor of Surgery Austin Hospital 1980-94 where was a member of the Victorian Liver Transplant team and involved in introducing Laparoscopic Surgery to Australia and New Zealand in 1990. Former President Surgical Research Society Australasia, Chair Upper GI Section RACS, Foundation Chair Endosurgery Group RACS. Professor of Surgery University of West Australia (1994 - 2020, Emeritus Professor 2020 - current), Director Surgical Services Fremantle Hospital 1996 - 2014, member of its Board of management 1995 - 1998, Chair Fremantle Hospital Clinical Staff Association 2011-2015. Member Clinical Casemix Committee Australia (1999-2004), member Classification Clinical Advisory Group of Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (2016 current), inaugural Board Member National Institute Clinical Studies (N.I.C.S.) 2000-2005 established to close the gap between current and best practice. Member of Reid Committee (2004) planning WA Health Care and then on the committee developing the new West Australian Tertiary Fiona Stanley Hospital as well as planning service provision for the South Metropolitan region. Head of General Surgery, Lead Surgeon and inaugural Chair of Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group Clinical Staff Association (2015-2024). Research M.D. (1985) Melbourne on gut endocrinology with research since in surgical epidemiology (both N.H.M.R.C supported) and now health services research. Elected Councillor of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2015-2024) during which Chair Environmental Sustainability Working Party, Deputy Chair Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, Deputy Chair Fellowship Services Committee, member Professional Standards Committees, former Chair Board of Regional Chairs, inaugural Chair Surgical Directors Section (2015 – 2020). Appointed member of Medical Services Advisory Committee (2016-current). Made Honorary Life Member Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons (SAGES) 1998 for International role in laparoscopy/endoscopy and awarded A.M. for services to GI surgery, teaching and research. Retired as Head of Department FSFHG 2020, retired from active surgery 2022 but continue working part time in administration, supervising/publishing research and mentoring medical students and surgical trainees.