Christopher Wastell

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 23 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3401
  1. Ron Hoile

After qualification Christopher Wastell (“Chris”) embarked on an academic surgical career and was appointed senior lecturer in surgery and honorary consultant at Westminster Hospital Medical School in 1968. A readership followed and then a personal chair when, in 1982, he established the academic department at St Stephen’s Hospital, Chelsea (later to become the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital). At that time he was instrumental in introducing audit, peer review, and academic rigour to what was a very busy London general hospital. His initial surgical interests were concerned with gastric and upper intestinal surgery; he wrote and coauthored several books on the surgery of the stomach and duodenum. Later, working with doctors interested in the emerging problem of HIV infection, he became interested in the surgical manifestations of AIDS. During his clinical life he guided many surgeons through their training to become successful consultant surgeons. When he retired he worked for the National Counselling Service for Sick Doctors and the Overseas Research Students Award Scheme. Chris was a keen sailor, completing the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers in 2000 and serving as commodore of the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club 2006-8. In 1958 he married Margaret, who survives him, along with two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3401


  • Former professor of surgery and honorary consultant surgeon, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London; professor emeritus, Imperial College, London (b 1932; q Guy’s Hospital, London, 1957; MS, FRCS), died of carcinomatosis from an unknown primary on 18 January 2012.

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