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Dr Dermot "Steve" Clark Ryan

Dr Steve Clark Ryan was a man who relished adventure, people and places; an esteemed member of the medical fraternity who practised as a private paediatrician until the age of 87.

Dr Clark Ryan was born in 1920 at “Athol Place”, a National Trust registered building on Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill—on the same street that was to play such an important role in his later professional life.

A Terrace graduate of 1938, Dr Clark Ryan received a scholarship to study at The University of Queensland—his medical studies conducted under the constraints of Brisbane’s wartime conditions.

The following years saw Dr Clark Ryan enlist with the Royal Australian Air Force, complete a six month residency at Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital, undertake service with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broome and complete several medivac missions to Vietnam.

His foray into paediatric medicine was somewhat “by accident”, caused by an outbreak of diphtheria and poliomyelitis in South East Queensland. During this time Dr Clark Ryan established a reputation for treatment of these and other prevalent childhood diseases, along with general and orthopaedic paediatric surgery.

Dr Clark Ryan’s postgraduate paediatric studies drew him to London in 1948, where he took an appointment at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Later that year, he obtained his Diploma of Child Health and won a British Council Scholarship to study at the University of Amsterdam, Holland.

On his return to Brisbane, Dr Clark Ryan was appointed the first teaching registrar of paediatrics at The University of Queensland before moving into private practice at Coorparoo and in rooms on Wickham Terrace, establishing what would become the “Cavendish Road Clinic”.

Following this time, Dr Clark Ryan became an “honorary” in the late 1940s and served as a paediatrician at Mater Children’s Hospital and Mater Mothers’ Hospitals from 1962 to 1981.

He was also the honorary medical superintendent of the Xavier Home for Crippled Children, where he remained for four decades.

Dr Clark Ryan is survived by his wife Pat, four children and eight grandchildren. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Dr Dermot "Steve" Clark Ryan


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