Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2008 VIC Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Don Esmore AO

State: Victoria

Cardiac surgeon

Professor Don Esmore is a cardiac surgeon working in the field of organ transplantation who has performed about 600 heart or lung transplants, 8,000 open heart procedures, and about 100 artificial heart implants. He works around the clock replacing diseased organs with life-restoring ones. Don helped establish the transplant program at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and he developed the transplant program at the Prince Alfred in Melbourne into one of the most respected in the world.  He regards as his best achievement being the first surgeon to implant an Australian-invented, Australian-made artificial heart that replaces the patient’s heart function without removing it. Don was diagnosed with a serious condition four years ago and is currently in remission after treatment, which he undertook while continuing to operate to save the lives of others.