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01 Jan 2017

Prestigious award for former San CEO

Former Adventist HealthCare Chief Executive Officer Dr Leon Clark has been honoured with an Honorary Fellowship of The University of Sydney.

The award has been conferred in recognition of Dr Clark’s outstanding contribution and service to the University.

Dr Clark was a driving force behind the Clinical Education Centre project and supporter and of the Sydney Medical School at the San.

The award will be officially conferred on Dr Clark at the 2017 Graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine.

About Dr Leon Clark:
Dr Clark obtained his MB BS at Sydney University in 1968.

For many years Dr Clark was a practising Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and pioneer in his chosen sub-specialty of in-vitro fertilisation. Even when in private practice in Newcastle he was involved with the then newly created medical course at Newcastle, especially undergraduate student teaching and teaching in his rooms.

Dr Clark and his colleagues were key to the success in establishing in record time the then newly created Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in 2009, taking our first intake of students 18 months later. Dr Clark helped to join forces with the University to attract considerable Commonwealth, State and philanthropic funding for our state-of-the-art Clinical Education Centre building, set up to enhance collaborative and inter-professional learning. The uniqueness and groundbreaking nature of the SAH Clinical School project has attracted support from Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, The Hon Peter Dutton MP, The Hon Jillian Skinner and a number of significant philanthropic donors.

Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare in 2012, Dr Clark was Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Adventist Hospital for ten years from April 2002. With a strong clinical background, as well as administrative expertise, he is a past president of the Australian Private Hospitals Association. He currently serves on the boards of several other not-for-profit organisations including the Clinical Excellence Committee, the Agency for Clinical Innovation and Medi-Aid Centre Foundation Limited.

Building on work begun by the pioneers who first opened the Sanitarium in 1903 and, following his parents, who trained at Sydney Adventist Hospital as nurses, Dr Clark has been a driving force in continuing the vision of providing state-of-the-art training facilities and promoting educational opportunities in the private healthcare sector. 

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