Sisely, Lorna Verdun, (OBE, MB, BS, MS (Melb), FRACS, FACS, CM) (1916-2004)

Also known as
Sisely, Lorna Verdun, OBE, FRACS (1916-2004)
Sisely, Lorna Verdun (1916-2004)
Field of activity
Surgeon
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-741075

Biographies

Lorna Sisely, born in 1916 in Wangaratta, was educated at Wangaratta High School, Methodist Ladies College (Melb.) and Janet Clarke Hall University of Melbourne. She was a junior then senior Resident Medical Officer (RMO) at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne from 1942 until 1944. Later Sisely was founder and consultant surgeon at the Monash Medical Centre Breast Clinic. Among her other activities she was a member of the Anti-Cancer Council 1964 - 1981. On 14 June 1980 Lorna Sisely was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her service to medicine. [NB: the above biography was researched and written by Philida Sturgiss-Hoy for Women's History Month 2003]

  • Junior and Senior Resident Medical Officer at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Demonstrator with the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne
  • Honourary Assistant Surgeon at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Surgeon and member of the senior staff with the Queen Victoria Medical Centre
  • Winner of the Gordon Craig Scholarship in Surgery
  • Member of the Anti-Cancer Council
  • Founder and Consultant Surgeon of the Breast Clinic Monash Monash Medical Centre
  • Dean of the Clinical School at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre Monash University
  • Consultant Surgeon at the Monash Medical Centre

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

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.

  • Career position - Junior Resident Medical Officer and Senior Resident Medical Officer at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Career position - Demonstrator in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Honorary Assistant Surgeon at the Children's Hospital, Victoria
  • Career position - Surgeon Senior Staff at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre (previously the Queen Victoria Hospital), Victoria
  • Award - Gordon Craig Scholarship in Surgery received
  • Career position - Member of the American College of Surgeons
  • 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)
  • Career position - Dean of the Clinical School in the Queen Victoria Medical Centre at Monash University, Victoria
  • Career position - Consultant Surgeon at the Monash Medical Centre, Victoria

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Australian Women's Register

  • (Corporate Body) Lyceum Club (Melbourne) (1912 - )

Resources for Lorna Verdun Sisely

Selected resources (10)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Sisely, Lorna Verdun
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Pioneering woman surgeon who always shone
    Hudson, Susan
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf The Age
  3. Surgeon championed women in medicine
    Callander, John; Hart, Stewart and Collins, Peter
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf Herald Sun
  4. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  6. Who's Who of Australian Women
    Lofthouse, Andrea
    [North Ryde (NSW)]
    Published: Methuen Australia
  7. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Sisely, Lorna Verdun
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  3. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    Published: Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001

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