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Biographical entry Hosking, Shorland William (1954 - 2010)

MB BS London 1978; FRCS 1983; MD Sheffield 1988.

17 April 2010
General surgeon


Shorland William Hosking was a consultant general surgeon in Poole, Dorset. He was born in Australia in 1954, and was brought up in India and then Guildford, Surrey. He was educated at King Edward's School in Witley, and then studied medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, qualifying MB BS in 1978.

He was a registrar in surgery at Hammersmith Hospital, London, then a lecturer in surgery at Sheffield University, and subsequently a senior registrar in Southampton. He gained his MD from Sheffield University with a commendation in 1988. He then developed his interest in upper gastrointestinal surgery and spent a year as a visiting lecturer working with A K C Li and Sydney Chung at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was appointed as a consultant surgeon in Poole in 1994.

Outside medicine, he was an active member of St Mary's Church, Poole, and had a strong Christian faith. He loved the outdoors, and had a small boat. He had also learnt to fly. Tragically, he was killed in a light aircraft when it crashed on 17 April 2010. An inquest heard that he may have deliberately chosen not to make an emergency landing, fearing other people attending a sports event nearby might have been put at risk.

He was survived by his wife, Helen, and two children, Samantha and Jeremy. A Shorland Hosking Fellowship has been established in his honour by the Association of Surgeons in Training and Operation Hernia, providing funds for higher surgical trainees to join an Operation Hernia team and work with them in a developing country.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2010 341 4369; BBC News England 'Crash pilot 'avoided emergency landing to save others'' - accessed 5 November 2014; Bournemouth Echo 12 March 2011 'Poole consultant killed in crash may have died a hero' - accessed 5 November 2014].

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