Dr Russell Stitz (Class of 1960)
Dr Russell Stitz is one of Australia’s most prominent and highly awarded clinicians. He is respected worldwide for his leadership in the development of innovative healthcare solutions during his time spent in medical roles such as President of the Australian Medical Association of Qld (AMAQ), President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Board Member of the Wesley Research Institute to name a few.
Russell Stitz was Senior Surgeon in the Colorectal Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and became a pioneer in the development of laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery.
After completing his surgical training at the same Hospital, he extended his experience in the United Kingdom where he trained in Colorectal Surgery at St Mark’s Hospital, London. Russell has been Chairman of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is a Past President of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australasia and is an Honorary Member of both the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
Russell was on the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before becoming President in 2005.
In 2002/2003, Russell was inducted as President of the AMA in Queensland and served on the Board of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. From 1988-1992, he was Chairman of the Medical Staff Association at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He has had a long career in the Army Reserve holding the rank of Colonel in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.
In 2015 the Governor of Queensland opened the Wesley Hospital’s $20 million expanded operating theatre complex, named after Dr Russell Stitz.