President Richardson, it is my distinct privilege to present to you and this assembly Prof. John F. Thompson of the University of Sydney and the Melanoma Institute Australia for honorary fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Born in England, Professor Thompson moved as a child to Norfolk Island, a tiny Australian island more than 900 miles off the northeastern coast. He later completed his undergraduate studies in Perth and medical studies in Western Australia and at the University of Sydney. He pursued postgraduate general surgical training in Sydney and Papua New Guinea and fellowship training in transplantation at the University of Oxford, U.K. This was followed by surgical oncology training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
As executive director of the Melanoma Institute Australia, Professor Thompson leads one of the world’s largest melanoma treatment and research centers. During his long-standing tenure as a consummate academic surgical oncologist, he pioneered the minimally invasive surgical technique of isolated limb infusion. He has been among the most prolific international collaborators, including surgical clinical trials, research, and education, spanning nearly four decades. He led the first Australia-New Zealand Melanoma Guidelines Revision Working Group and was chairman of the Australia-New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group.
He is a Fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, was made an honorary fellow of the American Surgical Association, and was elected as an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2014, he became an officer of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest recognition for distinguished service to medicine in the field of oncology research, particularly melanoma.
President Richardson, Professor Thompson is a consummate clinical and academic surgeon, mentor, and researcher who leads by example and demonstrates the highest moral character. I am honored that he has been a collaborator, friend, and role model, and am particularly delighted to present him for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.