Charles James Officer-Brown

Sir Charles James Officer-Brown (1897-1984) was born in Melbourne and graduated from the Melbourne University Medical School. He established open heart surgery in 1956, the year before his sixtieth birthday when he retired from the staff of the Alfred Hospital.
In his early life, Brown suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, a disease with a poor prognosis. He recovered, however, and excelled in cardiothoracic surgery, pioneering procedures in particular involving the lungs.