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John Leigh Collis

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:767

An innovator in oesophageal surgery

Professor John Leigh Collis, universally known as Jack, received eponymous recognition for two surgical procedures. He was perhaps best known for the Collis gastroplasty for patients with persistent acid reflux and resulting stricture of the lower oesophagus. This innovative and elegant procedure involved the ingenious refashioning of the stomach to replace the strictured oesophagus, and also to recreate the cardiac sphincter so as to maintain its function and continence. The second operation was the Collis repair of the lower oesophagus for patients with hiatus hernia causing reflux.

Jack also developed a programme for the management of oesophageal cancer that secured results unsurpassed in any other centre in the world attempting this demanding and hazardous type of surgery. Over 20 …

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