Professor Mark Smithers AM (1971) is the Mayne Professor of Surgery at the University of Queensland and Director of the Upper Gastrointestinal and Soft Tissue Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Mark has gained world renown as a gastro-oesophageal surgeon and as an expert on melanoma.

In recognition of his comprehensive excellence in all facets of surgical endeavour, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has honoured Mark by awarding him the Sir Hugh Devine Medal. Created to honour and perpetuate the name of Sir Hugh Devine, this award recognises meritorious service to the college and is the highest honour the college can bestow upon a Fellow in their lifetime. Sir Hugh Devine achieved world fame for his surgical skills and originality of thought and was knighted for his contributions to surgery.

Among his peers, Mark is viewed as the ultimate team man and a role model of extraordinary dimensions. He and his surgical team have delivered outstanding results across public and private sectors, including 500 consecutive oesophagectomies for cancer with zero operative mortality. He is an innovator, an early adopter and has been a leader in the progressive utilisation of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. Mark’s international profile has resulted in invited presentations, named lectures and representation on editorial boards of international journals.

In the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced recently, Mark has been further acknowledged for his significant service to medicine in the fields of gastrointestinal and melanoma surgery, to medical education, and to professional organisations by being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division.