Professor William B. Coman Foundation Chair

Professor William B. Coman AM MD, FRCS, FRCS, FRACS, FACS, Foundation Chair

Matriculated at the University of Queensland after completing his senior year at Nudgee College in 1956, Bill had represented the College as Vice- Captain of the First XV Rugby team and obtained a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Queensland. Following his graduation, Bill worked as a Registrar at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh and as a Senior Registrar at St. Bartholemew’s Hospital in London from 1967 to 1969.

Bill obtained the FRCS Edinburgh in 1966, FRCS England and FRACS in 1969, and was awarded the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1974. He obtained his MD in 2006 from the University of Queensland, his thesis being ‘Optimum Management of Head and Neck Cancer’.

Bill was appointed as Consultant ENT Surgeon to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, also serving as the GPRWMF Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery from 1999 to 2011. During this time he organised overseas training for Australian registrars at Oxford, Bristol, St Bartholemew’s and Guys Hospital London, John Hopkins University USA, University of Virginia, University of Iowa, University of Vermont, New York and Lund University in Sweden. Some 36 overseas Fellows and researchers have worked in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, under his patronage at the University of Queensland and Griffith University, where he also served as Professor Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He has supervised and mentored over a dozen PhD students throughout his career.

Bill has an impressive list of awards and achievements, including:-

Award / Honour Year
Sir William Wilde, Irish Society of Otolaryngology2002
Member of the Order of Australia (AM), For Services to medical research in the area of Head and Neck Cancer2005
Garnett Passe Medal, Royal Society of Medicine, London, England, UK2006
ESR Hughes Medal, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons2009
Honorary Fellowship to the English College of Surgeons2012
Honorary Fellowship to the American College of Surgeons2014
Gunnar Holmgren Medal, Swedish ENT Association for Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery2017
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