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John W EWART

MB ChM (Edin) 1880, MD (Edin) with distinction 1885

Born Caldronlee, Scotland 14 May 1858                  Died Wellington 5 Aug 1939

Educated at the Annan Academy and Edinburgh University

John Ewart

House surgeon appointments in England before working as a clinical assistant in Aberdare, Wales. Poor health prompted him to emigrate to NZ in 1887, joining his family who had travelled there in 1885.

Resident Surgeon, Timaru Hospital 1887 - 1889

Resident Surgeon Superintendent, Wellington Hospital 1889 - 1909

Honorary Visiting Surgeon, Wellington Hospital 1909 - 1912

Honorary Consulting Surgeon, Wellington Hospital 1913 - 1922

He was a very skilled surgeon and a popular clinician with both colleagues and his patients. He was responsible for the introduction of improved aseptic surgical techniques, and he ran a very busy Outpatient service. Ewart Hospital which opened in 1910 was named after him.

photograph courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library

Obituary: NZMJ 1939 38:425

Last updated 29 October 2016.