Emeritus Professor Stuart Pegg AM (1932-23)

“What matters most is securing the best outcome for your patients, and you do this by building and passing on knowledge to the next generation. You want them to be better than you were so that more lives can be saved.”

Emeritus Professor Stuart Pegg AM is a pioneer of burns management and has been recognised nationally and internationally for his achievements.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1956, Professor Pegg spent his time in General Practice at Julia Creek, North-West Queensland. After completing additional surgical training in Brisbane and the United Kingdom, he returned to Brisbane in 1967 where he was appointed Surgical Supervisor including burns management at the Royal Brisbane Hospital – the beginning of his lifelong passion.

Recognising the value of multidisciplinary care, he advocated for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers to become integral to the burns unit. Pioneering the development of burns surgery both in Queensland and nationally, he introduced many new techniques and was responsible for the introduction of pressure garments in Australia.

In 1977 he was appointed Director of Surgery at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, a role he maintained until 1994.

His illustrious career and dedication to his work has greatly benefited burns victims in Australia. In 1996 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to medicine, particularly as Director of the Burns Units at the Royal Brisbane and Royal Children’s (now Lady Cilento Children’s) hospitals. Today, the burns units at both hospitals bear his name.

College affiliation

King's College 1951 – 1956


Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award
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Doctor of Medicine
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery