The staff of CTEC wish to congratulate their Director, Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf, on being awarded Membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours' List. This honour acknowledges and rewards Professor Hamdorf's significant service to medical education, and to medicine, in all aspects of Bariatric Surgery. Professor Hamdorf has established a legacy of contribution to the education of medical students, junior doctors and those entering new fields of surgical endeavour.
Professor Hamdorf was appointed Director of CTEC in 2007, following his appointment as Head of Surgery in what is now the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Western Australia. He was in the inaugural Professor of Medical Education and has an active involvement in the affairs of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Many current surgeons have trained under Professor Hamdorf and fondly remember their time with him. New cohorts have learned under him as a tertiary hospital Consultant in Upper GI & General Surgery, as well as facilitator and mentor at The University of Western Australia.
Professor Hamdorf's contribution to medical education is extensive and far reaching;
University of Western Australia:
Head, Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre, (CTEC) since 2007.
Head, School of Surgery, 2006-2016.
Professor of Medical Education, 2007-2009.
Winthrop Professor of Surgical Education, current.
Associate Professor of Surgery, 2001-2007.
Senior Lecturer, 1995-2001.
Research Scholar, 1987-1995.
Australia and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society:
Board Member, since 2013.
Conference Convenor, 2018.
International Federation for Surgery for Obesity:
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, 2014-2018.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons:
Chair, Western Australian State Committee, 2003-2005.
Member, Western Australian State Committee, since 1996.
Member, Board of Basic Surgical Training, 1998 - 2002.
Chair, Basic Surgical Skills Subcommittee, 2000-2002 and Deputy Chair, 1998-2000.
Member, Supervisors and Trainers Surgical Education and Training Committee, 2007-2009.
Convener, Annual Scientific Congress, 2005, 2010 and 2015.
Department of Health WA:
Member, Postgraduate Medical Council Western Australia, since 2008. Member, Accreditation and Standards Committee, since 2008.
Australian Medical Council:
Member, Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee, since 2017.
Founder and Director, Western Surgical Health, since 2008.
In addition to his achievements in medical education, Professor Hamdorf is one of the most experienced Bariatric Surgeons in Perth. He established Western Surgical Health, which is regarded as a leader in the team approach to the management of patients with morbid obesity. Aong with his professional partners, he pioneered a holistic treatment path for obese patients, facing life threatening complications and co-morbidities, brought on by excessive weight. In recognizing that surgery was only a small part of the obesity puzzle, he assembled a multi-disciplinary team of specialized health professionals including specialist Dietitians, Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Physicians to treat all aspects of the patient’s weight loss journey.
Professor Hamdorf is a great champion of women in the medical field and in life. In amongst his many professional obligations, he still finds the time to be very involved in family life with his wife and five children, three of whom are still at school, his grandchildren and extended family. He is a ballroom dance enthusiast and sometimes golfs!