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Clinical Associate Professor Peter Gianoutsos

Medicine, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney

Throughout his career in Respiratory Medicine, Peter Gianoutsos has made a significant contribution to the field of respiratory health in Australia, through the promotion of high quality clinical care, education, research and community access to best practice respiratory medicine.

He was the Senior Respiratory Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), Sydney from 1971 to 2008.Throughout this period, Peter was closely involved with the development of the profession through the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). His leadership skills were called upon by the TSANZ, NSW State Branch where he was both Treasurer and President. Here he oversaw saw important developments, such as continuing education.  His interest in education was extended over the Torres Strait, where he was engaged as a visiting professor at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Peter has cultivated a broad professional network through his association with a variety of organisations. These include the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians and the British Thoracic Society, on which he served as Governor for Australia. He was engaged by the Medical Defence Union, where he served as Chairman of the Claims Committee and State Advisory Committee.

In addition to his service to professional associations, Peter served on the Boards of a number of related organisations. These include his Chairmanship of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Medical Board and United Medical Protection Limited’s, Medical Experts Panel and membership of the Medical Board of NSW and the United Medical Protection Limited’s Board of Directors.

Peter was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Lung Foundation, a charitable body that provides funds for research and community support and went on to play a significant role in its success and expansion.

As an active lobbyist for lung health, Peter has utilised this professional network to promote activities in the community’s interest, such as the, Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011.

In recognition of his contribution to development of the profession, Peter was appointed Clinical Associate Professor by the University of Sydney in 2006.

On retiring from his senior role at RPAH, Peter retained a consultant position at the hospital along with his academic post at the University of Sydney. He currently offers his services as a Respiratory Physician to the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP), Coffs Harbour, Mid North Coast, New South Wales. MSOAP is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to provide rural communities with access to specialists, locally.

Peter was appointed to the Board of the Australian Respiratory Council (ARC) in 2006 and elected Vice President soon after, in 2008. Since that time, Peter has represented ARC on an annual basis at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the TSANZ and at other national/ international forums.  ARC is proud of its partnership with the Cambodian Anti-Tuberculosis Association and in 2010. Peter was instrumental in negotiating a partnership between the TSANZ and ARC to co-fund the Cambodian TB Project. This partnership continues in 2012.  Through his ongoing participation on ARC’s Board of Directors and Finance Committee, Peter continues to live his commitment to respiratory health, in the service of ARC’s mission.

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