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Thomas Henry Christopher Lewis

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5557
  1. Graham Clay,
  2. Arthur Hollman

After house jobs in London and national service in Europe, Thomas Henry Christopher Lewis (“Chris”) was a ship’s doctor for two years before emigrating to Canada in 1956, where he became a resident in Toronto at the Sunnybrook and Western Hospitals. He completed his training as senior resident at the Vancouver General Hospital, where he was appointed to the consultant staff of the hospital and to the University of British Columbia. His work was in general internal medicine, to which he added geriatric medical practice, which he did also at the Shaughnessy Hospital, retiring in 1990. His patients were very fond of him, and his work with the elderly was particularly successful.

Chris had a lifelong interest in art, producing beautiful watercolours and drawings from his youth onwards, and at the age of 50 he trained as sculptor. His work was in wood, stone, and bronze, and his works were shown throughout British Columbia in a juried travelling exhibit. The breadth of his interests was remarkable.

His father was the famous cardiologist and clinical scientist Sir Thomas Lewis (obituary, BMJ 1945;i:498 (7 April)), who gave him a love of natural history and fishing. He leaves Helga, his wife of 53 years, and four children and a sister.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5557


  • Former consultant physician Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia (b 1923; q University College Hospital, London, 1948; FRCPC), died from heart disease on 9 September 2010.

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