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Emeritus Professor John Pearn AO, RFD, MD, PhD, D Sc, M Phil, FRHSQ, FFAHS

John Pearn

Emeritus Professor John Pearn is a senior paediatrician at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. For many years he served as Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Queensland and the Royal Brisbane Women and Children’s Hospital. His research publications in international literature have contributed to child safety and welfare, clinical genetics, neuromuscular disease and medical ethics. During his career John Pearn also served as a doctor-soldier in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps where he was promoted to Major General and became Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force.

Professor Pearn has received numerous awards including the Order of Australia for service to medicine, particularly in the areas of paediatrics and medical ethics, to medical history, and to the community through injury prevention and first aid programs.  Muscular Dystrophy Queensland is honoured to have Professor Pearn as our patron.