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Biographical entry Hogg, John Hugh Wilson (1943 - 2013)

OAM 2003; MB BS Sydney 1967; FRCS 1974; FRCSI; FRACS; Hon DSc Wollongong 2013.

10 January 1943
Sydney, Australia
1 March 2013
General surgeon and Vascular surgeon


John Hogg was a vascular and general surgeon in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. He was born on 10 January 1943 in Sydney, the son of James Wilson Hogg, the headmaster of Trinity Grammar School, and Alyson Hogg. He was educated at Trinity, where he excelled academically and was also a talented sportsman. In 1961, he began studying medicine at the University of Sydney, qualifying in 1967.

He held junior posts at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and then joined an Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition for 15 months as deputy station director and medical officer at Mawson Station. The Hogg Islands near the station were named after him.

He then went to the UK for further training and gained his fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and in Ireland.

In 1975, he returned to Australia and worked at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, focusing on vascular surgery. He gained his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was a member of the first Australian surgical team to visit China.

In 1977, he moved to Illawarra, where he set up a thriving medical practice. He became clinical director of surgery at Wollongong, Shellharbour and Bulli hospitals. He also set up two healthcare institutions, IOH (Injury and Occupational Health) - with his wife Linda - and South Coast Vascular Laboratory.

In 2004, he joined the University of Wollongong as foundation dean of its proposed graduate school of medicine. The school accepted its first students in 2007. He retired in 2008. He also chaired the Light and Hope Foundation, which supports people with mental illness in the Illawarra region.

In October 2002, he was in Bali with his family when the Bali bombings happened. Hogg and his wife volunteered to help; John treated nearly 300 people over three days at Sanglah Hospital and Linda helped identify those who had died. They were later awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2003 Australia Day honours list, and the City of Wollongong made Hogg its citizen of the year.

Hogg died from metastatic melanoma on 1 March 2013 aged 70. He was survived by his wife Linda (née Blogg) and their children, Genevieve, Sophie, James and Katie. He was posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate of science by the University of Wollongong.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [Sydney Morning Herald 25 May 2013 - accessed 13 April 2017; Med J Aust 2013, 199(5) :368 - accessed 13 April 2017; Illawarra Mercury 4 April 2013 - accessed 13 April 2017].

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