Adelaide Surgeon recognised with Outstanding Service to the Community Award

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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 Hospital.

"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 Latzel said.

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 Chair said.

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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