Educated at Sydney Grammar School and graduating with honours from the University of New South Wales, Dr Gillies is training to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. In January 2002 he became Australia's MSF leader and was thereafter elected as international leader that year. He has worked on the field for MSF in some of the world's most troubled regions, including Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Liberia, Beirut, Congo and Sri Lanka.
He was listed by The Age as one of "The 50 Australians Who Matter" in 2005.
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