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Biographical entry Parker, Douglas William Leigh (1900 - 1988)


12 July 1900
Mossman, New South Wales, Australia
2 February 1988
Nubeena, Tasmania, Australia
Orthopaedic surgeon


Douglas Parker was an orthopaedic surgeon regarded as a pioneer in the field in Australia. He was closely associated with the Royal Hobart Hospital and for over ten years was Director of Orthopaedic Services for the Department of Health, Tasmania. His interests included treatment and after-care for poliomyelitis patients and for tuberculosis patients. In 1964 Parker was President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. From 1950 to 1972 he was a Member of the Council of the University of Tasmania, and strongly advocated the establishment of a medical school: the School opened in 1966.



Education - MB ChM, University of Sydney
Education - Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Education - MChOrth, University of Liverpool
1930 - 1932
Career position - House Surgeon, Shropshire Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, United Kingdom
1932 - 1936
Career position - Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Hobart Hospital
1935 - 1988
Career position - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1936 - 1940
Career position - Surgical Superintendent, Royal Hobart Hospital
1941 - 1946
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps and the Citizen Military Forces
1946 - 1954
Career position - Consulting Orthopaedist, Department of Health, Tasmania
1950 - 1972
Career position - Member of Council, University of Tasmania
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1954 - 1965
Career position - Director of Orthopaedic Services, Department of Health, Tasmania
Career position - President, Australian Orthopaedic Association
1965 - 1970
Career position - Commissioner, St John Ambulance Brigade, Tasmania
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt)

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