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Dr McCaig Hangs Up Stethoscope

After almost 45 years of service in the Medical Fraternity, renowned local surgeon Dr Eddie Hansel McCaig, has finally called it a day.
08 Mar 2020 09:34
Dr McCaig Hangs Up Stethoscope

After almost 45 years of service in the Medical Fraternity, renowned local surgeon Dr Eddie Hansel McCaig, has finally called it a day.

During an organised farewell dinner by surgeons from the Pacific Islands, Dr McCaig was recognised with the ‘Father of Pacific Island Surgery’ award.

This was for his immense contribution to the surgery and medical fraternity for Fiji and the Pacific Region. The dinner was held at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami on March 6, 2020.

Background

Originally from Savusavu, he graduated from the then Fiji School of Medicine in 1975 where his medical career began.

According to him, he had not dreamt in medicine, but had rather wanted to be a seaman working for ships and its operations.

All this turned around when he was offered a choice to take up medical school by his family.

Dr McCaig was the Professor of Surgery at the School of Medical Sciences of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. He retired from that position last year.

Dr McCaig said he had done all he wanted to do in his professional life, achieved his goals and now it was time to take a rest.

“I sit back with pride and I see things are going to continue well with the college and from a surgical point of view,” Dr McCaig said.

“One of our recent graduates from Timor is now the head of surgery there which has a population of 1.3 million people,” he said. “This means I can now retire with a whole lot of satisfaction.

“If there was one thing I will miss, it will be teaching the medical students, the future of the medical fraternity in years to come. I enjoyed giving them a hard time.”

He advised aspiring surgeons that medicine was a great profession with unlimited possibilities and the world was their oyster.

Highlights of his career

He did his fellowship in Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1989 and has worked in various hospitals in Fiji and the region.

He started his career at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in 1983 before moving to the Dunedin Hospital in New Zealand in 1985 and then to the Auckland Hospital from 1988 to 1989.

He returned to Fiji in 1992 and joined Lautoka Hospital as the Medical Superintendent. In 1998, he joined the Fiji School of Medicine as the Head of Department Surgery.

While at the Fiji School of Medicine, he acted as the Dean in 2005.

He said he had represented Fiji to four Olympic Games, Rugby World Cups and Rugby League World Cup.

Dr McCaig had also contributed immensely towards Sports medicine in the region being the Team doctor for Fiji Rugby Union and Rugby League from 2007 to 2013.

In 2001, he received the Officer of the Order of Fiji in recognition for community contribution to Health in Fiji.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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