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Biographical entry Leeton, John

FRCOG, FRACS, FRACOG

Occupation
Medical scientist, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician

Summary

John Leeton established the first clinical IVF (in vitro fertilisation) program at Monash University in 1971 and was its clinical director until 1984. This small set up developed into the highly successful Monash IVF which was responsible for producing Australia's first IVF baby in 1980. Leeton is credited with having established Australia's first comprehensive family planning clinic in the Melbourne (1967), establish Melbourne's first donor sperm program (1969), helped achieve the world's first IVF pregnancy (1975), the world's first donor egg pregnancy (1982), and the first IVF surrogate birth in Australia (1987).
Associate Professor Leeton held part-time appointments at Monash University since 1964, initially as senior lecturer and, in 1973, as Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Family Planning Association and the Fertility Association of Australia and was Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University from 1973.

Details

Events

1952
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Melbourne
1960 -
Career position - Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
1963 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
1968 - 1987
Career position - Director of the Infertility Clinic at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre in Melbourne
1971
Education - Master of Gynaecology and Obstetrics completed at the University of Melbourne
1981 - ?
Career position - Director of the Monash IVF donor egg program
1982
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRACOG)
1995
Education - Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility completed at the University of Melbourne

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Leeton, John, 'Historical Review: the early history of IVF in Australia and its contribution to the world (1970–1990)*', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 44, 2004, p. 495. Details

Online Resources

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