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In Memoriam: Vale Professor Donald Esmore AO

TREVOR WILLIAMS on behalf of the
Alfred Hospital Heart and Lung Transplant Service
Melbourne, Australia

links imageIt is with great regret that we inform members of the death of Prof. Donald Esmore on 13th February 2013 in Melbourne Australia following a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Don trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney before undertaking a fellowship in Cambridge. Returning to Sydney, he was a key team member in St Vincent's early success of their Heart and Heart-Lung Transplant program. Don was appointed to the Alfred Hospital in 1989 to head up a second national heart and lung transplant program. With astonishing determination, hard work and extra-ordinary surgical skill he created one of the world's leading heart and lung transplant programs.

His achievements both nationally and international were many, particularly his development and clinical translation of artificial heart technology. These many achievements were recognised with him being made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the international heart and lung transplant community.