20 May 2015
Retired Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons, Mr Philip Glynn, was today presented with an
Outstanding Service to the Community Award by the College, in
recognition of his long and distinguished career.
Mr Glynn was presented the award in a surprise ceremony by Dr
Sonja Latzel, Chair of the College's South Australian Regional
Committee, in front of family, friends and former colleagues.
"The Award recognises surgeons with a dedicated history of
service to their local community - more often than not unheralded -
but without which the standard of surgical care in that community
would have been less than society expects," Dr Latzel said.
After completing his surgical training in Queensland and the
United Kingdom, Mr Glynn moved to Adelaide in 1972 to take up a
position as a general surgical registrar with the Queen Elizabeth
"Over the next three decades Mr Glynn built a reputation as one
of the country's finest vascular and general surgeons, with a long
list of achievements and senior appointments to his name," Dr
Friend and former colleague, Professor Robert Fitridge,
described Mr Glynn as an outstanding surgeon in the South
Australian medical community, who was a superb teacher of surgical
principles to residents and registrars.
"For many years Phil was the backbone of the Vascular Unit at
the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He taught many surgical trainees the
principles and techniques of vascular surgery and was a great
mentor for many contemporary general and vascular surgeons,"
Professor Fitridge said.
Mr Glynn is also fondly remembered for his involvement with the
Barossa Valley community in Angaston, where he practiced for more
than 20 years.
Despite a lack of medical resources, Mr Glynn worked tirelessly
to ensure the community received an outstanding level of care.
"This included regularly giving up his evenings and weekends
voluntarily to conduct educational seminars and training courses
for local practitioners, where he generously shared his expertise
in the finer points of general practice surgery," the RACS Regional
His affinity with the area has extended beyond a professional
capacity, with Mr Glynn regularly returning to Angaston to enjoy
community events and to catch up with locals over a glass of
Barossa Valley Shiraz.
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