Saunders, Nigel

Saunders, Nigel

Nigel died on 24″ January 1998 aged 52 after a brave battle against malignant melanoma.

He was at Hurst from 1959 to 1964 before obtaining an exhibition to study medicine at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was a keen cross country runner and squash player at school and university.

He graduated with a First class honors degree and went on to St Thomas’s Hospital, London to complete his medical education. He undertook his basic surgical training in London, Portsmouth and Bury St Edmunds, and over this time was married to Lyn and had two sons, Richard and David. He moved to Sheffield and then to Leeds to train as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, during which time his third son Mark was born.

Nigel spent a year in Toronto studying lung transplantation before returning to Leeds to take up his consultant post in 1985. His time in Canada stimulated a special interest in thoracic surgery which he pursued with great enthusiasm as well as running a first class cardiac service. He was renowned not only as an excellent clinician but also as a great teacher of his junior staff, who visited him frequently when he was ill.

His other passion in life was his family to whom he was utterly devoted and of whom he was very proud. He fought his illness, which involved both thoracic and neuro-surgery, with cheerfulness, determination and fortitude that was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.


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