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Biographical entry Kincaid-Smith, Priscilla Sheath (1926 - 2015)

AC, CBE

Born
30 October 1926
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died
18 July 2015
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Medical scientist

Summary

Priscilla Kincaid-Smith was Director of Nephrology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital 1967-1991, Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne 1975-1991 and Physician in Nephrology, Royal Women's Hospital 1976-1991. Around the early 1960s she demonstrated overwhelming evidence of the link between headache powders and kidney damage and campaigned strongly against their use. She also made substantial contributions to research on the link between the kidneys and high blood pressure. Kincaid-Smith later worked in the Department of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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1946
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at Witwatersrand University
1950
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB), Bachelor of Surgery (BCh) completed at the Witwatersrand University
1951 - 1953
Career position - Resident positions in Medicine and Surgery, and Registrar in Medicine at Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa
1953 - 1955
Career position - Training for Diploma in Clinical Pathology and Registrar in Morbid Anatomy at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London
1954
Education - Diploma of Clinical Pathology (DCP) completed at the London University
1956 - 1958
Career position - Registrar and Senior Registrar appointments in Medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital in London and Obstetric Liaison Officer reviewing all medical complications of pregnancy
1959 - 1960
Career position - Research Fellow in the Clinical Research Unit at the Baker Institute and Alfred Hospital
1959 - 1965
Career position - Honorary Physician at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne
1961 - 1965
Career position - Senior Associate in Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne
1961 - 1966
Career position - Senior Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council and Senior Research Fellow at the Wellcome Fellowship
1964 - 1965
Career position - Clinical Instructor and part-time Lecturer at Monash University
1966
Career position - Associate in Medicine at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Senior Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council
1966
Career position - Honorary Physician at The Royal Melbourne Hospital
1967 - 1968
Career position - First Assistant in Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne
1968
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
1969
Award - Director of Nephrology at the Epworth Hospital. Eric Sussman Prize received from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1969 - 1975
Career position - Reader in Medicine at the University of Melbourne
1970 - 1972
Career position - President of the Australasian Society of Nephrology
1972 - 1975
Career position - President of the International Society of Nephrology
1975
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1975 - 1991
Career position - Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne
1979
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from Witwatersrand University
1980 - 1984
Career position - Chairman of the Macfarlane Burnet Scholarship Selection Committee
1986 - 1988
Career position - President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1986 - 1990
Career position - President of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology
1986 - 1997
Career position - Chairman of the National Specialist Qualification Advisory Committee
1988 - 1991
Career position - Chairman of the Specialist Appeal Committee 1988 and Chairman of the Victorian AIDs Advisory Committee
1988 - 1997
Career position - Chairman of the Working Party, Specialist Advisory Committee
1989
Award - David Hume Award received from the National Kidney Foundation (USA) Inc. New York
1989
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
1989 - 1996
Career position - Chairman of the Board of Directors at Australian Medical Publishing Company
1990
Award - Leon Chesley Award received from the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
1990 - 1995
Career position - Chairman at the Australian Medical Association Federal Council
1991 -
Career position - Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS
1991 -
Career position - Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne
1991 - 1993
Career position - President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
1992
Award - Sir William Upjohn Medal received (for distinguished service to Medicine to any Graduate of any University) from the University of Melbourne
1992 - 1994
Career position - President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
1993
Award - John F. Peters Award received from the American Society of Nephrology
1994 - 1995
Career position - President of the World Medical Association
1996
Award - Life Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1997 -
Career position - Chairman of the Human Services Task Force for Women's Health
1997
Award - Australian Achiever Award received from the National Australia Day Council
1997
Award - 75th Jubilee Medal (Health Sciences) received from the University of Witwatersrand
1997
Award - Jean Hamburger Award (nephrology) received
1998 -
Career position - Chairman of the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs - Korean Veteran's Mortality Study - Study Advisory committee

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Cameron, J.S., 'Presentation of the 1997 Jean Hamburger Award to Renee Habib and Priscilla Kincaid-Smith', Kidney International, vol. 51, 1997, pp. 2056-2062. Details

Online Resources

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