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Whiteside, Maxwell George (Max) (1927 - 2000)

Physician and Haematologist
Born: 11 February 1927.  Died: 19 September 2000.
Maxwell George (Max) Whiteside was a pioneer and expert of the treatment of leukaemia and other cancers. He spent twenty-five years at the Alfred Hospital where he improved the management and treatment regimes for sufferers of leukaemia and lymphomas. Whiteside also established Victoria's first adult bone marrow transplant program; fought for the establishment of the Australian Leukaemia Study Group and the Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group; was a Chair of the Executive Committee of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria; and was an active member of the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service and its committees. The Australian Leukaemia Foundation has named one of its Melbourne accommodation blocks and a fellowship in his honour.

Career Highlights
After completing his medical training in 1949 at the University of Melbourne, Maxwell George (Max) Whiteside spent a year at the Royal Perth Hospital followed by five years at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 1956 and 1957 he carried out postgraduate training in the United Kingdom which is where he became interested in haematology. When he returned to Melbourne he worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1958-1961) and the Royal Womenís Hospital (1958-1975c). In 1962 Whiteside was appointed honorary haematologist at the Alfred Hospital where he remained for twenty-five years turning the hospital into Victoriaís major adult leukaemia research and treatment hospital. He also trained many doctors in the field of haematology.

In the late 1970s his work inspired the creation of the Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group and the Australian Leukaemia Study Group. In the early 1980s he established the first adult bone marrow transplant program. After retiring from the Alfred, Whiteside worked at St Vincentís Hospital and remained a chair of the medical and scientific advisory committee of the Leukaemia Foundation of Victoria.

1949Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1950Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Perth Hospital
1951 - 1955Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
1956 - 1957Research Associate at West Middlesex Hospital and the Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith, UK
1958 - 1960Research Fellow at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne
1958 - 1961Associate Physician then honorary Out-patient Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
c. 1961 - c. 1975Haematologist and Honorary Physician at the Royal Women's Hospital
1962 - c. 1986Honorary Haematologist at the Alfred Hospital in Prahran, Victoria
1980s - 1999Clinical Haematologist at St Vincent's Hospital in Fitzroy, Victoria
1992Carl de Gruchy Medal received from the Haematology Society of Australia
1994Honorary life member of the Australian Leukaemia Study Group
1995Australian Red Cross Society's Distinguished Service Award received


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Annette Alafaci
Created: 10 October 2006
Modified: 13 December 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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