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The David Theile Lecture is delivered at the Annual State Meeting of the Queensland State Committee.

David Theile's enormous contribution to the College includes service as Chairman of the Queensland State Committee (1981-1982), member of College Council (1983-1995), censor-in-chief (1989-1991), vice-president (1991-1993) and president (1993-1995).

He has served with distinction on the Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee and as Chairman of the Pacific Islands Project. Theile's initiative led to a successful College tender for this project. This initiative was the start of much increased outreach activity by the College. He remains an active supporter of the College and of surgery on a number of fronts. David was awarded a Sir Hugh Devine Medal in 2001. 

Award recipients

2016 - Prof Michael Schuetz - The Complexity of Trauma Management
2014 - Prof Mark Smithers - Surgery - Beyond the Ivory Tower
2013 - Prof Ian Frazer AC - Cancer Control Using the Immune System
2011 - The Hon Geoffrey Davies AO - The Future of Your Profession: A Personal Reflection
2009 - Prof Ian Gough AM - Rock Art
2007 - Prof William Coman AM - Surgical Collaboration
2005 - Prof Russell Stitz AM - Technique in the Age of Technology
2003 - Prof Russell Strong LMG AC - Success - Is It a Journey or a Destination?
2001 - Prof Murray Brennan - Surgeons as the Leaders in the Multidisciplinary Cancer Team
1999 - Dr David E. Theile AO - One President's View of College History