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Biographical entry Yeo, Bryan Wheaton (1938 - 2012)

MB BS Sydney 1961; FRCS 1967; FRACS 1970.

25 April 1938
5 May 2012
General surgeon


Bryan graduated from Sydney University in 1961. He completed internship at Royal North Shore Hospital in that year. In 1962 he accepted his first appointment to Prince Henry, Prince of Wales Hospitals. These hospitals were to become his clinical home for his professional life.

Like so many at that time, he went to England in 1968 to complete his surgical training. He held positions at Essex Hospital, Colchester; Guy's Hospital, London and St. Marks where he worked with Lloyd-Davies.

He returned to Prince Henry Hospital in 1970 as Senior Registrar and was appointed to the consultant staff the following year.

He was awarded Fellowships of the College of Surgeons England in 1967 and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1971.

Bryan's clinical interest was Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery with particular interest in surgical diseases of the pancreas. He loved all things surgical. He was a consummate clinician who provided a great deal of support to his colleagues both clinically and emotionally. It was always good to see Bryan and share his enthusiasm for life.

A true persevering advocate; there was nothing he would not do to help a patient in need, no matter how menial.

He had an unfettered fervour for teaching. Teaching was his greatest professional passion. He had a style that was humble but engaging where his enthusiasm for what he did and how he did it was infectious to all who were privileged to be part of it.

He was the professional yard stick against whom many of us measured our own performance.

He would have been brimming with pride the day he died. He was in transit to attend the convocation of his son, David, at the Annual Scientific Congress in Kuala Lumpur. He probably died the way he wished; fully in harness and in good health.

His legacy will be the hands that he has trained and the hearts and minds he has touched of hundreds of surgeons and thousands of medical students. His influence will be limitless and timeless. He was a loving father to Paul, David, Belinda and Anna and devoted husband to Paula.

We have lost a teacher, coach, mentor, friend and colleague.

The art of surgery has been enriched by his contribution.

Phil Truskett

Sources used to compile this entry: [Republished by kind permission of the President and Council of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from In Memoriam (].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England