Vale Doug Stewart
It is with great sadness that we (ASDA) announce the passing of Professor Doug Stewart. Doug died following a massive heart attack on the afternoon of Friday 22nd May 2020 with his daughters by his side and jazz music playing in the background.
Typical Doug… going out in style. He will be missed by friends and colleagues both here and abroad. For almost 40 years Doug was at the forefront of dental sedation education and training through his association with SAAD, ASDA and the University of Sydney. On his return from the UK in 1996, he took up a post at the University of Sydney as Director of the Conscious Sedation and Pain Control program.
Throughout his career Doug’s passion was patient safety. His enthusiasm and drive led to increased recognition of conscious sedation as a safe modality of treatment in Australia. Through Doug, dental sedation has led in establishing guidelines and protocols which have been recognised by our health colleagues. Doug was a life member of ASDA; a recipient of the Belisario Award and served as ASDA Secretary for 16 years.
Internationally, Doug was on IFDAS council for 20 years, including President and chair of the education committee. In retirement, Doug continued to mentor colleagues and provide courses in medical emergencies in the dental surgery.
Most of all, we will miss Doug, a great and loyal friend who could be relied on to put a smile on your face. I and others will cherish those good times together.
BDSc, PhD, MSc(Dent), Grad.Dip.Clin.Dent., FADI, FPFA.
President Australian Society of Dental Anaesthesiology