Eric Susman Prize

Nominations for 2024 open 1 May to 31 August 2024.

The Eric Susman Prize is a prestigious award presented by the College for best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine (adult medicine and paediatrics). Learn about Dr Eric Susman who the prize honours.

Professor Y C Gary Lee | 2023 recipient

Gary LeeProfessor Y C Gary Lee is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia and a consultant chest physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where he set up and directs Australia’s first centralized hospital pleural service. He is a world leader in pleural research and heads a translational research group at the Institute for Respiratory Health. His pleural program uniquely integrates clinical, lab and allied health research arms with his clinical pleural service.

His has led several high-profile investigator-led multicentre randomized trials. He has an H-index of 66 (total citations 15000+) from 330 publications including 10+ papers in the New Engl J Med, JAMA and Lancet journals. His publications have been cited in 20+ international guidelines directly impacting global practice.

Professor Lee was the recipient of the Research Medal of the Thoracic Society of Australia & NZ (2021) and of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (2016). He received the UWA Senior Research Award in 2023 and was the Cancer Council WA Researcher of the Year in 2019. He is currently a NHMRC Leadership Fellow after winning successive NHMRC/MRFF Fellowships.  He has delivered ~400 invited lectures on pleural diseases in 32 countries, and has trained 30+ clinical fellows/PhD students.

See Professor Lee’s presentation “Pleural Medicine: What is new and interesting” at the 2024 RACP Congress

See past Eric Susman Prize recipients.


The recipient is presented with the Eric Susman Medal at the RACP College Ceremony and also receives $5,000 with an invitation to present their research at an RACP Event in 2025.


A nominee must be:

  • a Fellow of the RACP, its Divisions, Faculties or Chapters
  • nominated by a Fellow or trainee of the RACP

A nominee must not submit a nomination on their own behalf.


Read the Terms and Conditions for College meritorious awards and prizes by nomination before submitting a nomination.

Inform the nominee of your intent to submit a nomination.

Email a completed nomination form addressing the selection criteria to together with:

  • CV of the nominee
  • two letters of support
  • other relevant supporting documentation (optional)

Note: A nomination is not complete and cannot be progressed unless all required documentation is received.

Download nomination form (DOC)

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Selection criteria

The Eric Susman Prize recipient will have demonstrated an outstanding and lasting contribution to the field of internal medicine in the areas of research, teaching and/or clinical medicine.

Your nomination must:

  1. identify 2 key pieces of the published work by the nominee during the 5-year period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023 that:
    1. highlight the nominee’s contribution to research and the impact the research has had
    2. have the nominee as the major contributor
    Note: 'Published work' is generally defined as being available to the profession by means of either books or articles published in recognised scientific journals.

  2. demonstrate the nominee's sustained ongoing links with Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand

  3. give an appreciation and evaluation of the contribution of the nominee over the relevant period, including:
    1. details of the contribution made by the person nominated in the field of internal medicine (research, teaching or clinical medicine)
    2. the originality of the research and the standing of the nominee in his or her branch of medicine
    3. an assessment of the contribution of the nominee in relation to others in the field
  4. provide information around the translation into clinical practice and impact

  5. indicate the best articles in support of the nominee

Selection process

The Grants Advisory Committee takes into consideration whether:

  • the work has a strong and direct bearing on clinical medicine and contains a component of patient care
  • the nominee is an ordinary Fellow rather than a someone admitted to Fellowship by a special provision

The Grants Advisory Committee reserves the right not to award the Eric Susman Prize if nominations received do not meet the high standards required for this award.

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