Sydney Morning Herald | January 26, 2015
By Rose Powell
If Jeremy Chapman had scored only a few marks lower in his final high school exams, the world would have lost an internationally acclaimed doctor who has saved thousands of lives. Because before dedicating his life to kidney transplantation and ethical organ donation advocacy, he was ready to spend his years as a fruit farmer.
"I would have enjoyed farming, but I've loved medicine. All research betters outcomes for the human race, but medicine is the most direct way that science improves the lives of people," Dr Chapman said.
Dr Chapman, now the director of medicine and cancer at Westmead Hospital, has been recognised by the government for his contribution to medicine.
He has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia to honour his pioneering work developing practices about organ donations and transplants.
Originally from England, the now 60-year-old doctor moved to Australia in 1987. He told Fairfax Media he was drawn to the niche field of kidney transplants because of the promise of the emerging field...