28 February 2019
Anthony Sparnon, an Adelaide paediatric surgeon, has been
elected the next President of the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons (RACS) by a vote of the RACS Council in Melbourne.
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Dr Sparnon replaces President John Batten and will formally become
President of RACS at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 9 May
2019 in Bangkok, as part of the 88th RACS Annual Scientific
Dr Sparnon has been the RACS Censor in Chief since 2017 and was
previously Chair of the RACS Court of Examiners and Chair of the
RACS Morbidity Audits Committee, among other roles.
Dr Sparnon practices at the Women's and Children's Hospital
Adelaide and Mount Barker District Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, as
well as the Stirling, St Andrew's and Parkwynd private hospitals.
He is also a Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide's Women's and
Dr Sparnon acknowledged the work of his predecessor, John
"I applaud President John Batten for his strong advocacy efforts
around important issues such as cultural change, leadership and
improving surgical education.
I am excited about this opportunity to continue the focus on the
core education, training and advocacy programs, better supporting
trainees, international medical graduates and surgeons to deliver
excellence in contemporary patient care. This year will be one of
maximising the opportunities for RACS and its membership. A united
approach with our surgical speciality societies will be crucial in
order to achieve and embed change. I look forward to working with
my fellow Councillors, the specialty societies and training
committees, the staff at the College and external stakeholders and
Also elected by the RACS Council as Vice President is Richard
Perry, a general surgeon specialising in colorectal and endoscopic
Mr Perry, an elected member of the RACS Council, has chaired
various committees at RACS including the Professional Development
and Standards Board, the Fellowship Services Committee, and the
Australian Surgical Skills Education and Training Committee, and
led a surgical workforce capacity building team in Myanmar.
Mr Perry has a long-time interest in governance as a Chartered
Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a Graduate
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.