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Mr Leo Doyle

1891 - 1953

Final year at Parade College: 1906

Leo Joseph Doyle, Master Surgeon, died in Melbourne’s Mercy Hospital - the same hospital in which he performed surgery many times. So ended the brilliant career of a man described by Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor as the greatest technical surgeon he had ever seen. In all likelihood, Australian surgery will never see the likes of Leo, a virtuoso surgeon, again.

A dux of the College, Leo graduated from Melbourne University’s Medical School in 1913 with first class honours in surgery and second class honours in medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology.

As a leading Consultant Surgeon at Melbourne’s St. Vincent’s Hospital, Leo’s surgery, by all accounts, knew no bounds.

In describing Leo’s life, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery noted; “He was, arguably, Australia’s first surgical oncologist. No procedure was deemed too complicating or demanding”.

(inducted 2013)