Lives of the fellows

John Lachlan Gollan

b.5 March 1942 d.7 January 2015
MB BS Adelaide(1966) MD(1971) MRACP(1972) MRCP(1974) PhD Lond(1977) FRCP(1985) FRACP FACP

John Lachlan Gollan was a leading expert on liver disease and dean of the college of medicine at the University of Nebraska. He was born in Launceston, Tasmania. His father, Lachlan Neil Gollan, was a physician; his mother, Josephine Nancy Gollan, was a housewife. He was educated at Launceston Grammar School and then went on to Adelaide University to study medicine, qualifying in 1966.

He was a resident medical officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1967 and then became a research fellow and honorary clinical assistant there. In 1971 he was a registrar and then, a year later, a senior registrar at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

From 1972 to 1976 he was a research fellow and honorary clinical assistant at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He gained his PhD in biochemistry in 1977.

He then went to the United States, where he worked at the liver center at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1981 he moved to Harvard Medical School, where he established the study of liver disease and was director of the gastroenterology division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

In 1999 he returned to Australia, where he was professor of medicine at the University of Adelaide. After two years, he relocated back to the United States, as chair of the department of medicine at the University of Nebraska. He became dean of the college of medicine in 2003, a post he held until 2010.

At the University of Nebraska he helped raise funds for the Michael F Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, which opened in 2008.

John Gollan died after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. The University of Nebraska has established a memorial fund in his honour. He was survived by his widow, Roseanne, whom he married in 1967, and their three children – Jackie, Tim and Jenny.

RCP editor

[Med J Aust 2015; 202(11):599 – accessed 13 February 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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