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RNSH celebrates surgical research & innovation

Once again, Royal North Shore Hospital celebrated the Harry Cumberland Travelling Scholarship and the Ray Hollings Surgical Excellence Award with over 80 attendees.

Both awards were established through generous philanthropic donations from the surgeons they are named after and are offered annually to promote surgical innovation, research and quality improvement.  

Interim NSLHD Chief Executive Lee Gregory acknowledged the significant contribution both doctors made throughout their combined century-long surgical careers, and expressed appreciation for their ongoing support and generosity to enable these awards.  

“These awards enable us as an organisation to recognise the achievements of some of our very talented clinicians by supporting quality improvement projects or research studies that contribute to better patient outcomes and excellence in surgical practice,” he said.

“Congratulations to each recipient of these prestigious awards.”

Dr Hollings and his family were also in attendance this year to present recipients with their awards. 

The event was jointly hosted by the RNSH Surgical Education Research & Training (SERT) Institute and the Department of Gastroenterology.

The Harry Cumberland Travelling Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Alex Papachristos
Dr Alex Papachristos received $5000 for his study “A novel cyto-immunotherapy for advanced medullary thyroid cancer”, supervised by Professor Stan Sidhu. 

Runner up: Dr Calvin Park for his study of how physiological and clinical criteria for functional bowel disorders may help select patients that respond to biofeedback. Supervised by Dr Alison Malcolm.

Ray Hollings Surgical Excellence Award Recipients

Dr Amanda Chung received $5000 for her study, a randomised control trial between John Hunter and Royal North Shore Hospital titled: “Improving surgical patient comprehension and communication” 

Dr Leo Pang received $5000 for his project: “Pioneering ahead and neck cancer screening program at Royal North Shore Hospital”



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