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Gold was born in Vienna, Austria in 1937, at a time when the storm clouds were
gathering in Europe. He was fortunate to be able to escape the holocaust which
destroyed most of European Jewry and migrated to Australia in March 1939.
was educated at Brighton Road State School, Caulfield Central School and
Melbourne High School. He matriculated in 1954 with a Senior scholarship and
the exhibition in Biology. He entered the Melbourne medical school the
following year, graduating in 1960.
was a JRMO at the Royal Melbourne hospital, and then at the RCH. He held
registrar appointments at the RCH and RMH.
In 1965 he was awarded the Cleveland Exchange Fellowship
from the RMH, to Case Western Reserve Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital,
where he developed an interest in paediatric endocrinology and performed
research studies on some of the first patients to be treated with human growth hormone.
In 1967, he took a paediatric registrar appointment at Whipp’s Cross Hospital
in London, returning to Melbourne at the end of 1968.
met his wife Lorraine at the RCH, and they married in 1965 prior to leaving for
have 5 children, 4 girls and a boy. Two are doctors. They have 9 grandchildren
and one great grandson.
career always combined a major commitment to public hospital practice with a
busy private practice. He held consultant positions at a wide range of
hospitals including in the early years Box Hill and the Royal Women’s hospital.
From 1969 until 2008 he was Senior Paediatrician at Footscray –Western General Hospital,
with a wide general paediatric practice ranging from neonatology to behavioural
and learning disabilities.
joined the staff of Queen Victoria Hospital in 1975 as a general paediatrician
in Dr Rae Matthews’ unit. Following the move to Monash Medical Centre in
Clayton in 1982 he became the first head of paediatric endocrinology and
diabetes. The highlights of that period included the establishment of the
neonatal thyroid screening program with Dr John Connolly, obtaining funding
from Kabi/Pharmacia for a paediatric endocrinology fellowship awarded to Dr
Christine Rodda, and the establishment of a multidisciplinary paediatric
involvement with the RCH began as a JRMO in 1962, the last year of the RCH
occupancy of the Carlton site. He was one of the first JRMOs to move across to
the Parkville campus to await the transfer of patients, and to celebrate the
occasion shared a bottle of Ballarat Bitter with the late Jim Wearing-Smith. This
bottle has been preserved and is now represents the Gold award for out-of-the-box
achievements by junior staff. With the move to the new hospital, Hugo had the
rare distinction of having worked in three RCH campuses.
joined the consultant staff of the RCH in 1969 as an outpatient physician in Dr
Elizabeth Turner’s unit. He left to take up a senior consultant role at the
Queen Victoria hospital in 1975, returning to the RCH as Physician and Head of
Unit in 1988 until 2010 and continued as a consultant physician until 2014.
was on the executive of the MSA at RCH and became the chair in 1998, during a
turbulent and complex EBA negotiation complicated by a major limitation of
salary packaging arrangements.
was a member of the Board of the RCH Foundation from 2004 to 2012.
Ethics became a major interest in 2004, when Hugo became the first chairman of
the re-established clinical ethics committee. He succeeded in having Lynn
Gillam appointed as ethicist to the committee, with Dr Cath Lees as
administrator. In 2008 the Children’s Bioethics Centre (CBC) was established with
Hugo as the clinical director, a position he held until 2014. Hugo regards the
CBC as his major contribution to the RCH. He recently became the Patron of the
CBC Development Board.
lifelong Demons supporter, Hugo was a keen squash player and still plays tennis
and golf. He is taken for long walks by his dog, Alfie, a Hungarian Vizla.
enjoys the theatre, jazz and musicals, reading and with Lorraine, travel,
particularly to Africa. He continues adult education, particularly in Jewish
Studies and religion.
he has a close involvement with his grandchildren, for whom he provides an Uber