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Vale Dr Alan Mansour

Article by Belinda Mellowes

It is with great sadness that ANZAOMS advises that Dr Alan Mansour, of Victoria, has passed away. He was 78 years of age.

After obtaining his fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in the early 1970s, Alan worked as a consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in a number of UK hospitals before returning to Melbourne in 1979.

Alan was a passionate teacher with unprecedented patience for many of his stubborn trainees in their early years. Many of us in our established practices now reflect on the pearls Alan shared, and realise how such fundamentals and basics shape our future.

Alan was head of the Oral and Maxillofacial unit at PANCH and later Northern Hospital Epping, and he served as a senior consultant with Monash Health and the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. Alan was a fervent supporter of the specialty and his registrars when it came to the politics and competition for on-call trauma in earlier years. Those early turf wars set many of us on a path to improve the situation and the results 20 years later are self-evident. He also cared greatly for his private patients for more than 32 years. Alan retired from active practice in 2014.

Alan was an enthusiastic teacher and he passed on his knowledge and oral surgery prowess to many. Alan will be remembered for his many years of teaching dental students and postgraduates, and Alan and Jeanette’s annual summer registrar BBQ were a highlight of the teaching calendar for many of us.
Our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

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