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Biographical entry Mouzas, George Lucas (1923 - 2015)

Dip Med Athens 1948; LAH Dublin 1958; MD Athens 1960; FICS 1962; FRCS 1986.

12 August 1923
23 March 2015
General surgeon


George Mouzas was a consultant in accident and emergency surgery at Enfield District Hospital. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey, into a Greek family. His father was a chest physician who had qualified at Lausanne. The family moved from Istanbul to Athens in the 1930s in response to Turkish disturbances. During the Second World War, in April 1941, the Axis powers invaded Greece. George joined the Greek resistance during the fierce Battle of Crete, but received a machine gun bullet which shattered his left hip, leaving him with a shortened twisted leg and a severe limp.

After the war he returned to Athens and qualified in medicine in 1948, moving to the UK in 1950 with help from the British Council. He worked as a junior surgeon in northwest England before moving to Croydon in 1953 and then to the Hammersmith Hospital, where he was a surgical registrar and research fellow under Ian Aird and Ralph Shackman.

After working with Sir John Nicholson in 1958, he moved to East Africa, coordinating surgical service on behalf of the World Health Organization from 1961 to 1962.

With the help of support from Ian Aird, he secured a scholarship to work in the United States with Bernard Fisher, the eminent breast surgeon. George followed this with a period spent in research during the early days of kidney transplantation as a research professor at Yale University, New Haven. He undertook a series of extremely intricate surgical techniques during these research years, in which he took great pride. It concords with a hobby of watchmaking and repairing.

In 1967 he returned to the UK to become a surgical registrar at North Middlesex Hospital. The new specialty of consultant in accident and emergency surgery was being developed and George was appointed to the inaugural post at Enfield. After this challenging and distinguished career he retired in 1989.

At Hammersmith Hospital he met and married Joyce, who was a health visitor. She thereafter accompanied George throughout his extensive travels. They had a son Robert, who is an engineer, and a daughter, Anastasia.

Sadly, George developed severe Parkinson's disease. As a result he suffered several attacks of aspiration pneumonia, succumbing to an attack in March 2015, at the age of 91. He exemplified the many people who suffer immense personal difficulties but face them with great determination and respond with lives of outstanding value.

R M Kirk

The Royal College of Surgeons of England