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Biographical entry Vesey, Sean Gerard (1954 - 2015)

MB BCh BAO NUI 1979; FRCSI 1983; FEBU 1992; FRCS 2001.

2 July 1954
18 January 2015


Sean Vesey was a consultant urologist on Merseyside. He was born on 2 July 1954 and studied medicine at University College Cork, qualifying in 1979. After completing his basic surgical training, he went to London in 1984 to the Institute of Urology and then continued his specialist training in Taunton and Bristol. In 1988, he became a senior registrar on Merseyside and in 1991 was appointed as a consultant urologist for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

At Southport and Ormskirk he established the urology service and worked singlehandedly for five years. He carried out his first laparoscopic nephrectomy in 1994 and in 2001 became the lead laparoscopic surgeon for the Merseyside region, teaching juniors and colleagues from all over the UK and Ireland. In 2007, he moved to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he developed the laparoscopic service.

For three consecutive years (from 2001 to 2003) he visited the Gambia on behalf of Urolink, working and teaching at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul,

He was an examiner for the Intercollegiate Board for the FRCS (urology) from 2002 to 2011 and for the Royal College of Surgeons, and was regional adviser for Merseyside from 2001 to 2008. He was also an active member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, which awarded him an honorary membership in 2013, and the Irish Society of Urology.

Outside medicine he enjoyed golf (he was a member of the Royal Birkdale Golf Club from 1994 and served on the council from 2008 to 2011), spending time with his friends and family, cooking, fishing and skiing. He was a supporter of Liverpool Football Club and regularly attended matches at Anfield. After retiring he took up game shooting.

Sadly, in January 2011 Vesey was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, a disease he had spent his working life treating. Sean Vesey died on 18 January 2015 aged 60. He was survived by his wife Rosemary and their children, Jennifer and James.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2015 350 2973 - accessed 22 June 2017].

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