Solomon Levitt FRACS
1927 - 2017
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of well-known and highly regarded Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) clinician Mr Sol Levitt on 16 February 2017.
As the first General Surgeon appointed to SCGH after its commencement as a General Hospital in 1958, Mr Levitt was an outstanding clinician and mentor to many of Perth's surgeons.
Following his graduation from the University of Adelaide Medical School, Mr Levitt began a career in surgery and while working in London at St Mark's Hospital, he developed a career-long interest in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and later established Australia's first FAP Registry in Perth.
Up until his retirement from SCGH in 1992, Mr Levitt led the Colorectal Surgical Service with distinction for more than 30 years. He was one of a handful of Australian Colorectal Surgeons at the forefront of establishing the craft group in this country and served on the RACS Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australasia committees.
Beyond clinical medicine, Mr Levitt was Chairman of the SCGH Medical Advisory Committee, a member of the SCGH Board of Management (1984-5), as well as an esteemed member of the Medical Board of WA from 1986 to 1995.
We extend our condolences to Mr Levitt's wife Jeanette and his family.
This obituary was kindly provided by Dr Victor Cheng, Executive Director, Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group