Lindon Wing graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1967 and undertook postgraduate training in Sydney, Oxford and London. He received his MRACP in 1970 and FRACP in 1975. He joined the newly opened Flinders Medical Centre in 1976. He was initially appointed as a Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and together with Don Birkett established the Department of Clinical Pharmacology. In 1977 he transferred to a Staff Specialist position in Flinders Medical Centre with academic status of Senior Lecturer. He was appointed Professor in 1992 and was Dean of the School of Medicine from 1998 – 2007. He became Emeritus Professor in 2007 and remained professionally active in retirement.
Throughout his career, Lindon played a key role in medical education including the Flinders postgraduate medical education program. He was a consultant in Clinical Pharmacology at Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital Daw Park and in General Internal Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre. He was a long-term Director of the FMC Hypertension Clinic and directed clinical research programs relating to blood pressure and antihypertensive drugs resulting in over 145 scientific publications. Lindon also supervised many postgraduate students and was a mentor and role model to medical and pharmacology students at Flinders for over 30 years.
Lindon served the academic and professional community in numerous capacities including as member of the ASCEPT Council and served as ASCEPT President in 1991. He was a member of the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council (APAC), the Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee. Notably, he was the founding chairman of the Management Committee of the Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH) and chaired the management committee of the AMH from 1991 to 1996. He was also Secretary and an Executive Member of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and Chairman, Management Committee for the Second Australian National Blood Pressure Study. He has made significant contributions to numerous other bodies such as the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, National Health and Medical Research Council, National Heart Foundation and Australian Medical Council. Lindon was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2005 for service to medicine and medical education, particularly in the areas of clinical pharmacology and hypertension.
Emeritus Professor Lindon Wing OAM passed away in December 2021 after a short illness. Lindon was a founding father of the Pharmacology Discipline at Flinders and is greatly missed by his many colleagues and friends and by the broader clinical and academic pharmacology community, both locally and internationally.
The Flinders Medical Centre Department of Medicine Grand Round on 6th October 2022 will be a tribute to the work of Emeritus Professor Lindon Wing.
Grand Round, Lecture Theatre 1, FMC, 12.30-1.30pm, 6th October. Alternatively, to join Livestream Grand Round, or watch recording, click here.