Professor Sean Liam Sellars presented his Semon Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine on the 5th of November 1993. His lecture focuses on the characteristics and qualities of a good surgeon, before outlining that a general training with experience in different areas is of value even if only specialising in otolaryngology in the end. Sellars also highlights the importance of self-education in maintaining and improving knowledge and the benefits of research.
Sean Sellars was born in Lancashire, England, and trained there before moving to South Africa where he spent much of the rest of his career. He has lectured medical students and doctors alike all over the world, including countries in North America, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As well as being a fellow of many colleges, Sellars was also elected as President of the South African Society of Head and Neck Oncology.