Obituaries

Malcolm John CoptcoatSivabakiyam (“Soondree”) ChettyNorman GillOwen Dermot Gilmore

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7243.1213 (Published 29 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1213

Malcolm John Coptcoat


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Consultant urological surgeon King's College Hospital, honorary senior lecturer King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry (b 1955;q Liverpool 1979; FRCS, ChM), died in his sleep from a heart condition on 30 December 1999. After qualifying, Malcolm took up a short service commission with the Royal Air Force from 1980 to 1985, and did his urological training at the Institute of urololgy and St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth. At the institute he investigated advanced endoscopic techniques for tissue removal, which led to his ChM thesis on endoscopic liquidisation of the prostate bladder and kidney. He was appointed a consultant to King's in 1991 and was director of surgery from 1992 to 1994. Malcolm was a pioneer in laparoscopic urology and in 1992 performed the first laparoscopic nephrectomy for renal carcinoma, which stimulated the development of laparoscopic urology in Britain.

Malcolm was stimulating to work with, an outstanding teacher, and a great lateral thinker, who often challenged established practice. He was a member of the council of the British Association of …

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