The Bruce Benjamin Medal
Professor Bruce Benjamin AO OBE practitioned as a Paediatric Laryngologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children at Camperdown, Sydney. The hospital later moved and became The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
BB, as he was known, retired in 2000. He was a pioneer in the area of Paediatric Laryngology. His ability to enthuse and teach, both in the theatre and in print, was well recognised.
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology organised the production of the Bruce Benjamin Medal in 1999. The criteria for awarding the medal was excellence in Paediatric Otolaryngology with particular reference to, but not exclusive of, laryngology.
At his retirement meeting in June 2010, the Bruce Benjamin Medal was first awarded to Professor Bruce Benjamin to recognise his enormous contribution to the field of paediatric otolaryngology in Australia and the world.
The second medal was awarded to Professor Lauren Holinger from Chicago.
Since that time the medal has been awarded on two occasions; recipients being Professor Robin Cotton (Cincinnati) and Dr Ted Beckenham (Sydney).
Awarding the Bruce Benjamin Medal is not necessarily confined to any particular local or overseas region, but will be awarded from time to time to individuals demonstrating excellence.