FOR Dr James Toh, Liverpool Hospital has been his alma mater for almost 10 years and he would not have it any other way.
"It is my home hospital and I have loved working there," he said.
"There are a lot of amazing doctors who have become my mentors and they have helped me grow from an intern to the surgeon I am today.
Dr Toh has been named the 2016 Liverpool Citizen of the Year at an event in Woodward Park, yesterday.
He said the award was not just for him, it belonged to everyone at the hospital.
"I would never have be able to get where I am today without their help and support," he said.
"I am humbled by the whole thing really.
"It is a great feeling to be appreciated by the community for the hard work and long hours that you do for the community you look after."
Dr Toh has been a researcher at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research for three years and is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and the Western Sydney University.
In the past few years he has been the recipient of the:
- Colorectal Surgical Society Australia and New Zealand research prize 2015.
- Australian Medical Association Supervisor of the Year finalist 2015.
- University of New South Wales Tutor of the Year at the South West Clinical School.
- Royal Australian College of Surgeons research grant.
- Sydney South West Area Health Service research grant.
- Dean's Prize for Teaching Excellence.
- Best Registrar with Training Potential at Liverpool Hospital.
"I am really grateful for the award, and I hope I can continue making a great contribution," Dr Toh said.