Professor Peter Castaldi was a man who played many parts in the Westmead Hospital story – all of them important and all of them achieved with the consummate skill and attention to detail that all who knew him expected.
First and foremost, he was appointed our inaugural Professor of Medicine and had responsibility for medical care when the hospital first opened its doors. Professor Castaldi set the tone for high quality care, high quality education and high quality research in one location in the west of Sydney where there had previously been only small local district hospital care.
Professor Castaldi passed away after months of ill health. He bore this with dignity and privacy, to the end a distinguished physician, an inspiring and thoughtful leader and a man to whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude for creating the healthcare system in western Sydney that we work in today.