Geoffrey Jose


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Orthopaedic surgeon
16 April 1925-23 February 2009

Geoff Alan Jose was born in North Adelaide, a member of a distinguished Adelaide medical family. His father Gilbert Jose a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tragically died in Changi prisoner of war camp in 1942. His uncle Sir Ivan Jose was Chief Surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for many years, while his brother Tony a Rhodes Scholar after training in UK, and became Head of Cardiology at University of California, Los Angeles.

Geoffrey was educated at St Peters College where he excelled at athletics (his record in the 100 metre hurdles was only broken about 10 years ago). He also represented his school and university at cricket.

He enrolled in the Medical School of the University of Adelaide in 1943 and qualified in 1948 after topping his class in 2nd and 5th years. After graduation and a year in a resident post at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, he entered general practice in Glenelg working with Dr's Swan and Saare for four years, during which time he sat and passed the Primary FRACS in 1954. He then commenced surgical training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the following year went to England (as a ships doctor) to continue orthopaedic training at Richmond Surrey and Royal National Orthopaedics Hospital where he worked with the late John Lahz (past President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association).

In 1957 he passed the FRCS Edinburgh and later the same year the Mch (Ortho) at Liverpool. In 1958 he returned to Adelaide to join EF West and WJ Betts (both past Presidents of the Australian Orthopaedic Association) in the Q3 Orthopaedic Unit of the RAH and in their private practice in North Adelaide. He succeeded Bill Betts as Head of Unit in 1972 and remained in that position until he retired from public hospital work in 1978.

He was SA State Chair of the Australian Orthopaedic Association from 1973-1975. He continued his private practice in North Adelaide until 1999 doing medical legal work only after 1994. He had an excellent result from heart bypass surgery in 1990 and enjoyed reasonably good health until the last few months of his life.

He will be remembered for the technical excellence of his surgery which involved all aspects of orthopaedics and for his clear and concise medical letters and reports.

Tom Stevenson FRACS


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