9 June 2020

Bryant Stokes receives Queen’s Birthday Honours

Emeritus Professor Bryant Stokes AO has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List. His citation is for distinguished service to public health care governance and standards in WA through leadership and advisory roles.

Professor Stokes’ many achievements in an illustrious career include being one of WA’s most distinguished neurosurgeons and the founding head of the Neurosurgery department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Clinical Professor Neville Knuckey, head of Stroke Research at the Perron Institute, and previous head of Neurosurgery, was a student of Professor Stokes.

For many years Professor Stokes was a Perron Institute Board Director (originally the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute) and was a tireless driving force behind the concept and development of the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute at the Queen Elizabeth ll Medical Centre.

It was his vision to bring all of the key neuroscience groups together in one building, to nurture and foster collaboration.

Professor Stokes was Acting Director General of the Department of Health (2013-2015), served as Chair of the North Metropolitan Health Service, and was the inaugural chair of the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation.

Currently, Professor Stokes is the Chair of the Neurotrauma Research Program, and has been for over 20 years.

Professor Stokes has championed excellence in clinical practice and medical research and has made an enormous contribution to public health and governance.

We are grateful for and proud of the significant role he has played in the Perron Institute’s story.

L-R: Prof Alan Robson AO (Chair, Perron Institute), Prof Bryant Stokes AO, Mr Steve Arnott (CEO, Perron Institute)