This is the 'Toil and Tears' story of John Wright, a retired cardio-thoracic surgeon. He was a clinical chief of surgery, associate professor and examiner for the University of New South Wales teaching hospitals for 25 years.
His career as one of Australia’s pioneering thoracic surgeons came to an abrupt end when, in 1983, he became a whistle blower, speaking up about what he considered to be improper and dangerous patient care at the Prince Henry, Prince of Wales and, later, Sydney Children’s Hospitals.
Read the full story of his whistleblowing, the motivations for his actions and the devastating impact on his career here.
He has since written on cardio-thoracic surgery matters of the South Pacific area and performed complex, skin-cancer surgery. He was a tutor in Medicine at Sydney University and maintains his medical interests by consulting with and writing for an international cyber journal. In addition he has had several surgical books and articles published in the last five years.
Australian-born, John Wright is married with three children and a treasured grandson and lives in Sydney. His major, professional interests include the integrity of cardiological and cardiac surgical practice, medical ethics and what he has described as deeply-flawed, public health management.