28 August 2017
Professor Wendy Brown, Chair of the Monash University Department
of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has just been
awarded the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) John
Mitchell Crouch Fellowship valued at $150,000.
Professor Brown, a General Surgeon specialising in
oesophago-gastric cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease and
bariatric surgery, is the first woman to have been awarded the
honour in a long list of awardees dating back to 1977 when the
Fellowship was first established.
The John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship, RACS' most prestigious
award, was established in 1978 by Mrs Elisabeth Unsworth in honour
of her son, John Mitchell Crouch, a promising Neurosurgeon, who
died from a brain tumour in 1977 at age 36, in order to contribute
to the understanding and practice of surgery and anaesthesia, in
keeping with the skills and promise demonstrated by Dr
Applicants must be Fellows of the College who are in their first
15 years of their Fellowship, are working actively in their field
and can demonstrate that they have an outstanding body of work that
has already made an impact on the progress of surgery or has
contributed significantly to fundamental scientific research.
Professor Brown, whos body of work is centred on optimising the
treatment of obesity in the public health system, said that the
John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship will enable her to continue her
research to determine whether a fast-tracked, intensive obesity
intervention in patients consuming high amounts of health care
resources can result in significant reductions in hospital bed days
and total health care costs while improving health and quality of
"Obesity now affects 28% of Australians and 33% of New
Zealanders, making it our most prevalent disease.
"My studies will measure the cost effectiveness of weight loss
through bariatric surgery in a population of patients who are obese
and have various health challenges, and the potential to streamline
care for patients following bariatric surgery so that there is less
requirement for face-to-face clinic care," she said.
Professor Brown will attend the convocation ceremony at the 2018
Annual Scientific Congress in Sydney where the Fellowship will
officially be awarded, and where she will make an oral presentation
on her extensive body of work.
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