Dr. Edelsten has been recognized as one of the most influential General Practitioners in Australia of all time. Dr. Edelsten has been selected as Top Professional Lifetime Achievement Award for the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the industry. While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.
With over 4 decades of professional experience as an Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Record Producer, General Practitioner and Professional in the Medical and Healthcare industries, Dr. Edelsten has certainly proven himself as an accomplished professional and expert in many fields. As a dynamic results-driven leader, Dr. Edelsten has demonstrated success not only as a general practitioner but also as a successful entrepreneur who launched “Gene E”, a company offering paternity testing by mail order; he founded Allied Medical Group in 2005 and was also the first private franchisee of a major Australian Football Team, the Sydney Swans Football Club in 1985. By 2010 Allied Medical Group had administered over 27 medical centers and employed over 250 general practitioners. The clinics offered extended opening hours and bulk-billing for patients to Medicare for most services so that the patient incurred no direct cost. In 2011 Allied Medical Group was sold to Sonic Healthcare in a deal worth up to $200 million. In 2015 Dr. Edelsten was a contestant in the fourth season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
Dr. Edelsten graduated Mount Scopus Memorial College in 1960 and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to The University of Melbourne Medical School. At Mount Scopus he was Captain of the Football and Cricketteams and the 100 yards sprint champion. At his graduation he was awarded the Lovaren Cup as the school’s most outstanding student-athlete and the M.S. Bromberger prize as the person the student body wished to emulate. He graduated with his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the University of Melbourne in 1966. His undergraduate career featured awards of Exhibition in Anatomy, Histology and Embryology (being first in the class) and Honours in most subjects. He was made a Prosector in Anatomy with his name on an Honour Board which carries the names of the most esteemed medical practitioners graduating from the University. His scholarly achievements allowed him to be selected for his intern year at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Before his graduation, Dr. Edelsten co-wrote the songs “I can’t stop loving you, baby” and “A woman of gradual decline” for the group the Last Straws. He managed bands and produced several Number 1 records including ‘Everlasting Love’ by The Town Criers and ‘Love Machine’ for the Pastoral Symphony. He was the first person in Australia recognising ABBA’s potential and seeking rights to promote ABBA in Australia and New Zealand. After graduation, Dr. Edelsten practised as a resident medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before entering general practice. As a general practitioner, he worked in remote rural regions of New South Wales and Queensland where he bought his first private practice. Dr. Edelsten obtained a private pilot’s license in order to provide medical services to remote communities-often at no cost to patients when they could not pay. In 1971 Dr. Edelsten and a colleague, Tom Wenkart, launched Preventicare, a Sydney-based company providing diagnostic tests and computerized history-taking for doctors throughout Australia, using new equipment from the US which quickly took off. Dr. Edelsten and his colleagues established 8 practices in the Sydney area, and performed obstetrics at 3 Western Sydney hospitals. By the early 90’s he had delivered more than 20,000 babies which was unique and performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures including Appendicectomy, Laparoscopy, Vasectomy, Tonsils & Adenoids and lumps and bumps. He has been the only GP to accomplish these achievements.
In 1984 Dr. Edelsten began to run innovative and multi-disciplinary 24 hour medical clinics which were the forerunners of modern corporate medical practices. These clinics were the first in Australia to bulk-bill patients to Medicare so that they incurred no direct cost. Now 90% of all medical services in Australia are bulk-billed. Within 4 months of opening, the first clinic had 2000 patients every week and Dr. Edelsten grew to owning 13 medical centers where 20,000 patients consulted 200 doctors every week. In 1995 an American neurosurgeon came to Australia to demonstrate his new technique for removing brain tumors located in the Cavernous Sinus. He agreed to operate upon Dr. Edelsten who decided that whilst waiting to evaluate the surgery, to study a number of different disciplines and was awarded a Doctorate and 7 Master’s Degrees, a feat that remains unmatched.
He has written an autobiography, Enigma, which is part of the curriculum of many U.S.A. medical and health schools and which demonstrates how a healthcare system can be improved. Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Edelsten has been active in his community and recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and philanthropy efforts. He donated funds to his old school resulting in the Dr. Geoffrey Edelsten Music center, Fight Cancer Foundation, Magen David Adom, Autistic Children’s Association and the Carlton Foundation for community sporting activities and a training facility for his football love, the Carlton Football Club. The Aquatic center, the Medical Centre and the Cafe are named after him and he has been awarded life Membership. There are many others who benefited from his generosity of over $3 million. He has received many awards, accolades’ and has been featured in numerous publications, newspapers and magazines all around the world. Looking back, Dr. Edelsten attributes his success to his perseverance, learning from his mistakes he has made along the way and from never letting anyone discourage him from his goals. Dr. Edelsten feels this is just the beginning. When he is not working Dr. Edelsten enjoys music, travelling, flying, enjoying the arts and living life to its fullest.
For the future, R. Edelsten will continue to grow as an entrepreneur and hope to continue making a difference in people’s lives anyway that he can.