Phillip Antippa with viola and a stethoscope around his neck with fellow musicians
31 January 2020
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Royal Melbourne Hospital's Head of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Service Mr Phillip Antippa as well as breast surgeon Associate Professor John Collins have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Mr Antippa has been recognised for his service to thoracic surgery and music with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM), while A/Prof Collins has been appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine, particularly to breast cancer treatment.

Mr Antippa has been instrumental in cementing the cardiothoracic service at the RMH as a world leader in patient care, innovation and safety. Working in the department for over 20 years, Mr Antippa plays an active role in research and training, as well as the Trauma Unit. He also has an appointment at the Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre.

In addition to working as a surgeon, Mr Antippa is also an accomplished viola player. He is a founding member of the Australian Doctors Orchestra and currently Founder, Director and Viola Player at Corpus Medicorum, a Melbourne-based orchestra of doctors, medical students and professionals who raise money to fund lung cancer research.

A/Prof John Collins has been affiliated with The Royal Melbourne and Royal Women's Hospital for 50 years, when he first started at a Resident Medical Officer in 1970. He has been a member of the International Breast Cancer Study Group, BreastScreen Victoria, National Breast Cancer Centre, the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and Cancer Council Victoria.

Also we could like to congratulate The Honourable Hartley Hansen QC who recieved an AM, Hartley has lead and chaired the Melbourne Health clinical ethics committee for a number of years.

Melbourne Health congratulates Mr Antippa and A/Prof Collins on their prestigious recognition.

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