ObituaryBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1509 (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1509
Geoffrey Chisholm's surgical interests were focused on urology and renal transplantation. After his appointment to the chair of surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1977 he dominated and advanced clinical urology, especially in prostatic disease and through his direction of the Nuffield Transplant Unit. He was a superb teacher of undergraduates and postgraduates. He made many contributions to the urological literature, among the most important being The Scientific Foundations of Urology, which he edited jointly with David Innes Williams. For 16 years he was editor of the British Journal of Urology, and he served on the editorial boards of many other journals.
Geoff was a natural leader and led with style and humour. These qualities, accompanied by his surgical achievements, gave him his dominance both at home and abroad. Distinctions deservedly came his way: the presidency of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the European Society for Urological Oncology and Endocrinology, the Scottish Urological Society, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For three years he led the college with supreme efficiency and enjoyed personal and collegiate friendships in many countries. He held several honorary fellowships, and it was a great disappointment to him that he was too ill to go to the Chicago meeting of the American College of Surgeons last October to receive its honorary fellowship.
During his presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh it became clear that the Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training urgently needed increased continuity and direction; this he achieved as chairman in three critical years. His clear vision and hard work in a period of turmoil were exceptional.
Geoff was a warm and caring friend who missed no opportunity to help his trainees, friends, and colleagues. His wife, Angela, herself a trained scientist, shared many of his artistic …