Dr Ratcliffe
Dr Ratcliffe
Honorary Research Fellow
Contact Details:
Email: ratcliffe_john@hotmail.com
Phone: 0448 921 709
PhD (Classics) University of Queensland, 2014
M.A. (Ancient History), University of Queensland, 2004
F.R.A.C.R. 1994 (now FRANZCR)
F.R.C.R. 1979
M.R.C.G.P. 1978
F.R.C.S. Edinburgh 1969
D. (Obst.) R.C.O.G. 1967
M.B., B.S. London 1964
Current Research Interests:
Surgery, medicine and surgical tools in Antiquity.
Past Research Grants:
  • 1995: $895,000 (with four other paediatric specialists) Commonwealth Government
  • Six previous research grants totalling $437,500. (Most were shared with other workers)
Prizes etc:
APA Scholarship
2011 - 2014
Optima Prize from the Australasian Society of Classical Studies
Boris Rajewski Medal, from the European Association for Radiology
Gold Medal, from the Back Pain Society of Great Britain


Selected Recent Publications:
Past Publications:
More than 30 journal articles and chapters on medical, surgical and paediatric topics.
Dr Ratcliffe has been married for over 40 years and has two children. His basic medical training was in London and he worked mainly in in UK until 1985 when he emigrated to Brisbane. Prior to emigration, Dr Ratcliffe had worked in Saigon (1969-70) and in Zambia (1973-75). In Brisbane, Dr Ratcliffe was a medical specialist in the diagnostic radiology of children at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospitals. He retired from full time medical work in 2001 and enrolled in that year courses in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland achieving the PhD in 2014.
Dr Ratcliffe is an active supporter of Classics and Ancient History through the Queensland Friends of Antiquity.

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