Boffa, George M. (7.4.1933-)

Consultant anaesthetist

Born in Balzan, Boffa, was educated at the Lyceum and the Royal University of Malta, where he graduated B. Pharm. (1955) and MD (1960). He followed a course in medical statistics and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1964), and later studied anaesthesia at the Royal College of Surgeons in London (1965) and at the University of Copenhagen (1967). Boffa is also a fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons - England (1971), of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - of the International College of Surgeons - Anaesthesiology (1976) - and of the Faculty of Australasian College of Surgeons. He also practised with the Academy of Traditonal Chinese Medicine in Peking.

Before he migrated to Australia following the politico-medical problems in 1977, Boffa had been a Senior Consultant at St Luke's Teaching Hospital, honorary clinical teacher, and demonstrator in the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology of the University of Malta. He has served as consultant anaesthetist in various hospitals, including United Dental Hospital (Sydney), St John of God Hospital (Burwood), Wesley Hospital (Ashfield), Sydney Eye Hospital, Concord Repatriation Hospital, and Starth-field Private Hospital. He was Director of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Lewisham Hospital in Sydney (1978-87).

Boffa has been very involved with the Maltese community in New South Wales. He was president of St Dominic's Village Association for seven years. He has also been a regular contributor on medical topics on Maltese Radio (SBS-2EA) for over 17 years, delivering over 800 talks many of which were also broadcasts in other states in Australia. He is also an active member of the Maltese Cultural Association of NSW and a Justice of the Peace.

Boffa has written several papers on medical topics. He has also translated La Nostra Storia, the history of the Maltese community in Tripoli and a written treatise on the Passion of Christ which was serialized in a Maltese paper in Sydney. He has published many articles and letters on various subjects both in Australia and in Malta.

Boffa is married to Laura Serracino Inglott and they have four children.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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