About the surgeon’s past
Born and raised in Adelaide South Australia by parents who were post-war refugees from Latvia, Dr Arnold Seglenieks took an unremarkable early educational journey before enrolling in the inaugural year of the Flinders University Medical School in Adelaide. This innovative course led him to develop an appreciation for the nature of rural medical practice, and he pursued a self-directed course of training with procedural rural practice in mind. This included a substantial exposure to surgical training in the United Kingdom, and a much-treasured Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Upon his return to Australia, accompanied by wife and children, he was engaged in rural general practice in southern South Australia, where he remained for five years. The lure of a full commitment to general surgery eventually drew him away from general practice to a second phase of surgical training, this time based in Adelaide. The rewards included development of new skills such as laparoscopic surgery, and Australian specialist recognition.
Dr Arnold Seglenieks spent twelve years in busy specialist general surgical practice in rural South Australia, based in the Riverland region, 250 km from Adelaide. His passion for rural surgical practice was reinvigorated by the move (over 8 years ago) to Armidale.
Dr Arnold Seglenieks has now ceased his general surgical practice in Armidale as of 29th June 2018. The general surgical practice has now been transferred to Dr Peter Girardi, who commenced practice on Monday 16th July. A similar broad range of general surgical conditions and procedures will continue to be managed at Armidale General Surgery.