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Biographical entry Stephens, Henry Douglas (1877 - 1952)

26 June 1877
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
17 June 1952
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Henry Stephens was a paediatric surgeon who served the Children's Hospital, Melbourne from 1901-1946, becoming a member of the committee of management from 1946 to 1952. He was one of Australia's leading paediatric surgeons and was particularly interested in surgery of the cleft lip and palate. Stephens was also heavily involved in many external associations including the Royal Victorian College of Nursing and the Victorian Society for Crippled Children where he was a Councillor. The Henry Douglas Stephens Memorial Operating Theatre at the Children's Hospital was named in his honour.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Melbourne
Education - Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1901 -
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the (Royal) Children's Hospital in Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1903 - 1909
Career position - Clinical Assistant to the Out-patients' Department at the Children's Hospital
1904 - 1914
Career position - Honorary Pathologist at the Children's Hospital
Education - Master of Surgery (MS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1909 -
Career position - Honorary Medical Officer attending Out-patients at the Children's Hospital
Career position - President of the Melbourne Medical Association
1920 - 1945
Career position - Honorary Surgeon to In-patients at the Children's Hospital
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, Victorian branch
Career position - Co-founder of the Melbourne Paediatric Society
1931 - 1945
Career position - Consultant Paediatrician at the Women's Hospital
1935 - 1940
Career position - Dean of the clinical school at the Royal Children's Hospital
Career position - President of the Paediatric Section of the Australasian Medical Congress in Adelaide
1945 - 1951
Career position - President of the Australian Physiotherapists' Association
1946 - 1952
Career position - Member of the Committee of Management of the Royal Children's Hospital
Career position - Foundation President of the Australian Paediatrics Association (later the Australian College of Paediatrics)

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