Ralph Douglas Kenneth Reye (1912-1977)

Ralph Douglas Kenneth Reye (1912-1977) was an Australian pathologist.



  • Born April 5, 1912 Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • 1937 – MBBS, University of Sydney
  • 1939-1977 Pathologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (where he remained his entire working life)
  • 1945 – MD, University of Sydney
  • Died July 16, 1977 Sydney, Australia 2 days after his retirement

Medical Eponyms
Reye Syndrome (1963)

Other medical eponyms

  • Reyemona I – subdermal fibrous tumours in early childhood (Fibrous hamartoma of infancy FHI)
  • Reye tumour – recurring digital fibrous tumor of childhood (Infantile digital fibromatosis)

Major Publications



Eponymous terms


the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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