Professor Prithvipall Singh Bhathal has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to pathology, to education and mentoring, and to medical research.
Deepak-Raj Gupta, the first Indian-born member of the Australian Capital Territory’s Legislative Assembly, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his service to the community of Canberra.
A well known name in Canberra’s multi-cultural community, Mr Gupta has been a former Labor MLA for Yerrabi electorate in north Canberra and a past president of the Australia India Business Council ACT chapter and a former member of the AIBC National Executive Board of Directors.
A graduate of the University of Adelaide, Professor Prithvipall Singh Bhathal trained in histopathology at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s and Alfred Hospitals. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Pathology and followed this with appointments as senior lecturer in Pathology at the University of Queensland and Reader in Pathology at the University of Melbourne.
From 1978 to 1999 he was Professor/Director of Anatomical Pathology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In addition to his role as Histopathologist at Melbourne Pathology he continues to teach and research part-time in the Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, where he is an Honorary Professorial Fellow.
Professor Bhathal has an international reputation in hepatic and gastrointestinal pathology, and was presented the Distinguished Pathologist Award of the International Academy of Pathology in June 2007, and the Distinguished Research Prize of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in October 2007. He was awarded the Distinguished Pathologist Award of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Pathology Society in October 2019 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF) in February 2021.
The Governor-General today announced Honours to 1040 Australians, including awards in the Order of Australia (General and Military Divisions), meritorious awards and recognition for distinguished and conspicuous service in the Australian Defence Force.
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