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Vascular Surgeons

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<ul> <li>Charl Dreyer (1957 -2015)</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;Charl Dreyer died suddenly in Cape Town on 13 August 2015 while watchung his favourite sport, tennis, on televison.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His death was completely unexpected when compared to the meticulous preparation of all his operating schedules and daily activities.After matriculating in 1974 he enrolled for an MB ChB at the University of Pretoria and graduated in 1980. His internship at George Provincial Hospital was followed by compulsory military medical service and a senior medical officer post in orthopaedic surgery in Thembisa hospital. In 1986 he started his surgical training in the Department of Surgery at the University of Cape Town, first learning to operate in the trenches at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital and a year later as a registrar at Groote Schuur Hospital. In March 1991 he passed his final surgical examinations and became a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa.</div> <div> <p>In 1991 he joined the prestigious vascular firm at Groote Schuur Hospital where he, like many before him, was trained in the finer details and skills of vascular surgery by Professor Ed Immelman. He subsequently honed his skills as a visiting surgical fellow iat Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge. On his return to Cape Town he completed his vascular apprenticeship and then established a flourishing private practice in Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital where he worked until his untimely death. He remained closely affiliated to the Department of Surgery and the vascular unit at Groote Schuur Hospital as a senior consultant surgeon and lecturer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite his all round abilities, Charl&rsquo;s first passion remained vascular surgery and he was one of the local pioneers in percutaneous endovascular intervention. In particular, he was an expert in and advanced the cause of catheter-directed thrombolysis for arterial and venous thrombosis and the endovascular treatment of arterial aneurysms. His surgical skills and bedside manners were exemplary. His innate talents as a surgeon were evident whether as the primary surgeon or as an assistant. He was a longstanding member of the Association of International Vascular Surgeons. At the annual meetings he not only further developed his vascular repertoire but also learnt to ski at exotic alpine vascular congress venues.</p> <p>Charl had wide-ranging knowledge in medicine, but also loved art, wild life and sport, especially tennis. He was the doting father to his beautiful and talented daughter, Simone. Our condolences go to Simone, Helen, Jane, his friends and family.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr Krzysztof Michalowski</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <ul> <li>Peter Jeffery (1943 - 2015)<br /><br />Peter Jeffery was a lion. He had effortless authority and leadership but also a booming sense of humour and gentle charm. <br /><br /><a href="../../../article/aboutaivs/vale/valeerichdieter">read more </a><br /><br /></li> <li>Professor Erich-Dieter Schwilden 1939 - 2008<br /><br />Erich-Dieter Schwilden died on May 27, 2008 after a prolonged illness. His death leaves an empty place in the hearts of relatives, friends, the AIVS members and among his colleagues in vascular surgery. <br /><br /><a href="../../../article/aboutaivs/vale/valeerichdieter">read more </a><br /><br /></li> <li>Antoni Potemkowski<br /><br />Dear all! It is with great sorrow and sadness that I have to inform you that Antoni died in an traffic accident in Warsaw three weeks ago. <br /><br /><a href="../../../article/aboutaivs/vale/valepotemkowski">read more </a><br /><br /></li> <li>Jan Malina<br /><br />Past National Representative for Sweden, passed away peacefully on 23rd October 2011. <br /><br /><a href="../../../article/aboutaivs/vale/valemalina">read more </a><br /><br /></li> <li>Andrew Michalski <br /><br />Andrew Michalski was a long-serving and loyal member of the AIVS group, known to everyone, he will be sadly missed. <br /><br /><a href="../../../article/aboutaivs/vale/valemichalski">read more</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Nigel Fox (1942 - 2006)</li> </ul> <div> <p>Nigel Fox died at the end of 2006 in a motor vehicle accident while returning from Toowoomba to Mildura. This tragic accident has left a gaping hole in the hearts of many who knew him and the patients he treated.</p> <p>Nigel graduated from the University of Queensland in 1969. He was initially resident medical officer in Mount Isa, Queensland then after a short stint in general practice he went to the United States where he was Resident Surgical Officer in the Greater Baltimore Medical Centre and then the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. After another stint in general practice in Canada in 1973 he moved to the United Kingdom to Queen Marys Hospital in Roehampton, London and then to Epsom District Hospital, Surrey.&nbsp; He became senior surgical registrar at the King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor before accepting a similar position at the Charing Cross Hospital London</p> <p>&nbsp;Returning to Australia in 1978 Nigel was vascular fellow at the Austin Hospital Melbourne and from 1979 to 2005 was visiting medical officer at Mildura Base Hospital, Victoria. In 2005 he moved to Toowoomba, Queensland to practice as a vascular surgeon at St Andrew&rsquo;s Hospital</p> <p>&nbsp;Nigel obtained the Edinburgh Fellowship in 1974 with a certificate of higher surgical training obtained in 1980. He was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of surgeons in 1990</p> <p>&nbsp;Nigel was a foundation member of the Association of International Vascular Surgeons (AIVS), becoming the Australian national representative of this organisation and attending their meetings annually. He became the president of AIVS in 2005. He was a member of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery and was also a force in the Provincial Surgeons of Australia (PSA) and in 1993 hosted the annual scientific meeting of the PSA in Mildura becoming president the following year.</p> <p>&nbsp;Nigel was an extraordinary individual who was passionate about his work. He was amazingly careful with his patients and tried so hard for them. He found this easy as he loved his work. He became an accomplished interventional vascular surgeon presenting regularly about his work at scientific meetings and promoting the need for rural patients to have equal access to this technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;Nigel was also passionate about his family and everything he found enjoyable in life, such as wine, food, golf, skiing, horse-riding and travelling. He had an amazing turn of phrase and was able to diffuse any disagreement with his wit. He was always an uplifting person, enthusiastic, happy and generous to a fault with this time for family and friends.</p> <p>&nbsp;There are so many who will miss Nigel because those who knew him always figured he would be part of their lives stretching into the future. He is survived by his wife Tracy and his six children. With them we will miss this extraordinary man.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Kevin Chambers and Vasa Skorupanovic</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>