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Biographical entry D'Souza, Edward Paul (1935 - 2010)

MRCS and FRCS 1969; MB BS Seth GS Medical College, Parel, Bombay 1961.

19 July 1935
Panjim, Goa, India
7 September 2010
Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA
Cardiovascular surgeon and Thoracic surgeon


Edward D'Souza was a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon at Dakota Midland Hospital in the USA. He was born in Panjim, Goa on 19 July 1935 to Gerado Bruno D'Souza who worked in communications and his wife, Maria Orfelinda. He qualified MB,BS at the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Parel, Bombay in 1961 after internship training at the KEM Hospital. In June that year he took up a 6 month surgical residency at Walsall Manor Hospital in the UK and followed this by posts throughout the country including Bolton, Sheffield, Scunthorpe, Altringham, Birmingham and Cornwall. Further experience was gained by a variety of locum jobs in London, St Albans and Northern Ireland. Before passing the College fellowship in 1969, he took various postgraduate courses at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. Early in the 1970's he worked in London at the National Heart Hospital, Great Ormond Street and the Brompton Chest Hospital.

Moving to the USA in late 1971 he was appointed fellow in cardiovascular surgery at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, working with Denton R Cooley, the distinguished heart surgeon who founded the Institute in 1962. In 1973 he started the first cardiovascular unit in South Dakota at the Dakota Midland Hospital in Aberdeen and performed the first coronary by-pass surgeries in the state. He was a member of numerous local and international medical associations and a founder member of the Denton Cooley Cardiovascular Society.

He married Heather Muriel on 9 July 1965 in Abadan, Iran. They had three children; David Joseph (born 20 March 1966) who became a software engineer for Microsoft, Sharon Megan Gburek (18 June 1967) and Dougal Nigel (5 July 1968). Both his younger children qualified MD from the University of Chicago and, at the time of his death, Sharon was in private practice in Scottsville, Arizona and Dougal was practising surgery in Chicago.

In his youth D'Souza had been very athletic - in spite of suffering from undiscovered polio in childhood - enjoying soccer, grass hockey and running. Later interests were ballroom dancing, music and reading. He died, aged 75, on 7 September 2010 in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Tina Craig

The Royal College of Surgeons of England