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Biographical entry Savage, Christopher Roland (1915 - 2004)

MRCS 1938; FRCS 1948; MB BS London 1938; LRCP 1938.

31 August 1915
Kingston on Thames, UK
2 February 2004
Vascular surgeon


Christopher Savage was a consultant vascular surgeon at Leamington and Warwick Hospital. He was born in Kingston on Thames on 31 August 1915. His father, Arthur Livingstone Savage, was an architect, and his mother was the artist Agnes Kate Richardson. He was educated at Gate House School, Kingston, and Canford School, Dorset, from which he went to St Thomas’s Hospital.

After house appointments he worked at the Royal Salop Infirmary before joining the RAF in 1940, where he reached the rank of acting Wing Commander.

After the war, he continued his surgical training at the Royal Leicester Infirmary, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and St Thomas’s. At St Thomas’s he was much influenced by Sir Max Page and Sir Maurice Cassidy, at a time when vascular surgery was just being developed.

He was appointed consultant at Leamington and Warwick Hospital in 1956, where he introduced vascular surgery, published extensively on aortic aneurysms, and wrote a textbook Vascular surgery (London, Pitman Medical, 1970). He introduced weekly teaching rounds for his registrars and housemen, as well as students from London teaching hospitals.

He married in 1953, and had a daughter (Romilly) and two sons (Richard and Justin). He had a stroke in 2000, which impaired his hearing and vision. He died on 2 February 2004.

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