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Biographical entry Wilson, Michael George (1916 - 2008)

MB ChB Leeds 1940; MRCS LRCP 1942; FRCS 1949; ChM 1957.

14 August 1916
14 September 2008
General surgeon


Michael George Wilson was a consultant surgeon at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. He studied medicine at Leeds University.

Immediately after qualifying, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. At first he was attached to the Scots Guards, but was then posted to Jerusalem. He subsequently spent two years running the Italian Hospital in Amman, where he was the only surgeon.

After the war he returned to Leeds to continue his surgical training. He then worked with R Milnes Walker, professor of surgery at Bristol. While at Bristol he gained a travelling scholarship as a research fellow in cardiac surgery at Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1957 he was appointed as a consultant general surgeon at Southmead, where he developed an interest in oesophageal disease.

He became a member of the Moynihan Club and was editor of the West of England Medical Journal.

Outside medicine he skied and sailed.

He was married twice. He met his first wife Germaine, a Belgian refugee, during the Second World War. After her death in 1990 he married Margery. He had a son and a daughter. Michael George Wilson died on 14 September 2008 at the age of 92.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2008 337 3054].

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