In loving memory—Dr David Serisier

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Born in Papua New Guinea on 16 April 1970, Dr David Serisier returned to Australia with his family in 1976. Graduating from The University of Queensland in 1993, Dr Serisier joined Mater as a junior doctor in the late 1990s before working at Princess Alexandra Hospital and in Southampton, England, where he commenced his MD.

Returning to Mater in 2003, he quickly made his mark through his approach to physician training, which delivered dramatic improvements in standards and results for those sitting exams.

In 2006, Dr Serisier became Treasurer of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, while also serving on the Board of Cystic Fibrosis Australia. In 2012, he joined the Board of Lung Foundation Australia, becoming the Chair shortly thereafter in 2013.

That same year, after many years of work, he published the BLESS study—a world-first randomised blinded study of erythromycin in bronchiectasis. Dr Serisier was instrumental in revolutionising respiratory medicine at Mater, elevating the respiratory unit to be one of the most efficient and effective in the country.

He was an enthusiastic and prolific author who achieved an astonishing output of papers, abstracts and presentations while maintaining a full-time position in respiratory medicine at Mater.

David was also essential to the establishment of the Mater Respiratory Research Biobank in 2014, the first biobank in Australia dedicated to aiding and facilitating research into respiratory disease. In 2016, the facility was renamed The David Serisier Respiratory Biobank in honour of his contribution to the field of respiratory medicine.

David was a highly respected clinician and researcher of international standing whose research expertise and talent was matched by a commitment to public health. He will be deeply missed by his patients, colleagues and family, who will remember his inspirational life and achievements.

David passed away on 30 May 2015.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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