Basil I. Hirschowitz, MD Endowed Lecture
Michael J. Bourke, MD, MBBS
Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia
I am delighted and deeply humbled to accept this award on behalf of the many dedicated and talented past and present team members, nurses, doctors and research assistants, at the Westmead Endoscopy Unit in Sydney. Sixty-five years ago, Dr. Hirschowitz assembled the original prototype flexible fiberoptic endoscope. This innovation revolutionised the examination of the GI tract, influenced the communications industry at the time, and ultimately led to our gathering here today as clinicians and researchers dedicated to the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy. He was a mentor, teacher and critical thinker, all qualities that remain a pivotal component of high-quality endoscopic practice today.