A DISTINGUISHED surgeon who started his career in Fairfield says he is now ready to retire.
He is 75-year-old plastic surgeon Robert Smith.
Dr Smith originally acquired a bachelor degree in dental surgery, but decided against dentistry as a career and moved on to study medicine and became a surgeon.
He has a degree in general surgery and had five years surgical training as a registrar.
Dr Smith also completed three more years of specialised plastic surgery.
He did his training for this at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England.
Back in Sydney, Dr Smith was senior registrar in plastic surgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
He was then appointed a consultant plastic surgeon at Fairfield Hospital and also at Liverpool Hospital.
Dr Smith is still active and healthy, but says it's time to give somebody else a go.
"It's rewarding that my surgery has been vital in saving lives in the case of cancers and victims of injuries," he said.
"I will definitely miss the close colleagues I've known for many years."
Dr Smith said that after he retired he would be involved in teaching post-graduate students and would also indulge in leisure activities.
"I'll spend time playing golf and being with my family, especially my grandchildren," he said.
His advice for anyone pursuing a career in surgery is to be ready for a life of hard work.