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Biographical entry Sisely, Lorna Verdun (1916 - 2004)


14 March 1916
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
27 January 2004
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Lorna Sisely was only the second person in Australia to receive a fellowship for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS). After starting a science degree at the University of Melbourne, she switched medicine in 1937 and won top awards throughout her studies. Sisely's first position was as a Resident at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne where she became assistant to the senior surgeon. In 1947 she moved to the Queen Victoria Hospital and also took up the post of Anatomy Demonstrator at the University of Melbourne where she completed her Master of Surgery there. Sisely was the first female to win the A. Gordon Craig Travelling Scholarship which she used to study female urology and surgery overseas. Upon returning to Australia she became Senior Surgeon at the Queen Victoria Hospital – a position she held for thirty four years – and in 1980 established the hospital's first breast clinic.



1942 - 1944
Career position - Junior Resident Medical Officer and Senior Resident Medical Officer at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
1947 - 1949
Career position - Demonstrator in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne
1947 - 1949
Career position - Honorary Assistant Surgeon at the Children's Hospital, Victoria
1947 - 1981
Career position - Surgeon Senior Staff at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre (previously the Queen Victoria Hospital), Victoria
Award - Gordon Craig Scholarship in Surgery received
1962 -
Career position - Member of the American College of Surgeons
1964 - 1981
Career position - Member of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria
Career position - Founder and Consultant Surgeon in the Breast Clinic at Monash Medical Centre, Victoria
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1980 - 1981
Career position - Dean of the Clinical School in the Queen Victoria Medical Centre at Monash University, Victoria
1981 -
Career position - Consultant Surgeon at the Monash Medical Centre, Victoria

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Online Resources

See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

Ailie Smith & Annette Alafaci