Stephen began at Brighton Grammar on a scholarship in Year 6 in 1964. A keen reader, especially in history, geography and politics, he was Dux of the School in 1970.

Stephen chose to study medicine at Monash University, completing his degree in 1977. He decided to specialise in rheumatology and undertook further training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, which only fed the ‘fire in his belly’ that was his love of medicine.  

Stephen practised as a clinician but also undertook research and established Emeritus Research, an independent clinical trial centre in Melbourne.

For eight years, Stephen directed the training of rheumatologists throughout Australia via the Royal Australian College of Physicians Specialist Accreditation Committee. He also served as the chair of the Australian Rheumatology Association Education and Training Committee.  Currently, he is Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee, which oversees the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Rheumatology Association.

In 2015, Stephen was the visiting speaker at the Infectious Diseases Institute, within Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda. Here, he conducted speciality clinics in one of the world’s largest HIV hospitals. He has also been a consultant in rheumatology to hospitals in Cambodia.

Stephen retains his passion for medicine and loves to go to work each day to look after his patients – of whom he has seen more than 60,000 over the past 30 years.

A Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Stephen is renowned the world over by his rheumatological peers – but there is much more to Steve. He has developed a great love of art, music, travelling, and good food and wine. He values family above all else.

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