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Biographical entry Choi, William Hong (1968 - 2016)

MB BS London 1991; FRCS 1996; FRCS (Urol) 2002; LLB.

9 March 1968
Hong Kong
21 March 2016
La Plagne, France


William Hong Choi, known as 'Bill', was a consultant urologist at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent. He was born in Hong Kong, the third and youngest child of a naval officer. At the age of four the family moved to the UK, to Manchester. Choi was educated at William Hulme Grammar School in Manchester and then moved to London, where he studied medicine at St George's Hospital Medical School, Tooting. He gained his MB BS in 1991.

He held junior posts in south west London and then trained in urology as a specialist registrar in the south Thames region. During this period, he spent some time at King's College Hospital researching the safety of laparoscopy. He obtained his FRCS (Urol) in 2002. He later also studied for a law degree.

In 2004, he was appointed as a consultant urologist at the William Harvey Hospital, where he set up a regional centre for laparoscopic renal surgery in east Kent. He was the network lead for renal cancer and in 2014 he became the clinical lead for urology. He was a keen trainer and supervisor of specialist registrars.

Bill Choi died following an accident on a family skiing holiday in La Plagne, France, on 21 March 2016. He was 48. He was survived by his partner Abbey, his two sons (Alex and Xavier) and a stepdaughter (Phoebe). His wife, Debbie, had died from breast cancer seven years earlier.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [Trends in Urology & Men's Health May/June 2016 p34 - accessed 28 July 2017; KentOnline 31 March 2017 - accessed 28 July 2017; The Telegraph 31 March 2017 - accessed 28 July 2017].

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