David performs “everyday miracles” for people who would otherwise be facing conditions that are limiting, debilitating and often life-threatening – such as distortion of the face and skull, cleft lip and palate deformities, facial growth anomalies as well as tumours and other facial issues that require reconstructive surgery.
The acclaimed humanitarian has been awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia, the ANZAC Peace Award and South Australian of the Decade.
David says he was an average student who was talked into pursuing a medical career, but says his turning point came while training under inspirational doctors in Paris.
He returned to Adelaide to establish the Australian Craniofacial Unit in 1975, and it remains the world’s top medical centre in its field, pioneered a specialised, multidisciplinary approach to care in a care process that involves many surgeries over many years for most patients.
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