Pioneer of Kidney Transplants and Medical Ethics in Britain Dies at 70

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Pioneer of Kidney Transplants and Medical Ethics in Britain Dies at 70


Byline: FRANK HURLEY

A SURGEON who pioneered kidney transplantation in the UK was hailed yesterday as one of the greatest surgeons of his age.

Ross Taylor, who has died at the age of 70, carried out more than 2,000 kidney transplants.

In 1990 he once performed four transplants within 24 hours.

He also trained many of today's leading practitioners in his expertise - at the time of his death, five of the principal transplant centres in the UK were led by those who had trained under him.

Yesterday a former pupil paid tribute to his tutor and expressed pride at being a member of the band of surgeons known as 'Ross's Boys'.

Professor Tom Lennard, head of surgery at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle, trained under Mr Taylor as a medical student and later worked as a consultant alongside him.

He said: 'Ross had an enormous influence, not just in the North-East but across the UK.

'The heads of the transplant units in Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, Leicester and, of course, Newcastle, were all trained by Ross Taylor. They're known as "Ross's Boys" and really it's his legacy living on.

'His greatest saying was that if you treat all patients as you would your family, you won't go far wrong.

'I think that's why he was so adored by all of his patients and staff. He was a true gentleman, kind and caring and with the deepest respect both for the patient and the organs he was transplanting. …

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