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The RC Bennett Prize was established in 1989 to honour Professor Richard (Dick) Clayton Bennett and his work for the College as well as surgical research. 

Professor Bennett was prominent in College affairs from his appointment to the Court of Examiners in 1972. He was elected to Council in 1975, serving as the College Honorary Treasurer in 1979 and became Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery.

As a Councillor, Professor Bennett promoted research in surgery and persuaded Council to set up the Foundation for Surgery in 1979.

The winner of the RC Bennett Prize is announced at the Victorian Annual Surgical Meeting and the recipient receives an engraved medal.

Award recipients

2021 - Dr Daniel Cox
2020 - Dr Balakavitha Pillai
2019 - Dr Daniel Wein
2018 - Dr Sarah Luu
2017 - Dr David Liu
2016 - Dr Marlon Perera
2015 - Mr Guillermo Hurtado
2014 - Dr Joshua Hammerschlag
2013 - Dr Sandra Elmer
2012 - Dr David Westwood
2011 - Dr Keith Savio Gomes
2010 - Dr Nicholas Hall
2009 - Mr David Gyorki
2007 - Mr Julian Liew
2006 - Mr Michael Law
2005 - Dr Nathan Lawrentschuk
2004 - Dr Mehrdad Nikfarjam
2003 - Dr Edward Wong
2002 - Dr Phong Tran
2001 - Dr Ahmad Aly
2000 - Dr Shomik Sengupta
1999 - Professor Paddy Dewan
1998 - Dr Jonathan Bare
1997 - Associate Professor Paddy Dewan
1996 - Dr David McClure
1995 - No Papers Submitted
1994 - No Papers Submitted
1993 - Dr Zahid Niazi
1992 - Dr G. Bruce Mann
1991 - Dr Andrew Beischer
1990 - Dr Gerard Powell
1989 - Dr Simon Pilbrow