Today the UNC medical family is learning about and dealing with the loss of two of our most committed colleagues.
Dr. Keith Amos, assistant professor of surgery, and outstanding surgical oncologist, died very unexpectedly while in Edinburgh, Scotland, as a visiting scholar. He was one of our best and brightest young physician leaders, with a special passion for treating breast diseases and for eliminating health disparities.
Dr. George Sheldon, who chaired the UNC Department of Surgery from 1984 to 2001, died after an illness at UNC Hospitals. He was an internationally renowned leader in medicine and surgery, having served as president or chair of practically every surgical society in the country, and as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will each look for ways to remember and celebrate the work of Keith Amos and George Sheldon.
But today as I remember them both – I am struck by the remarkable gift we have in medicine – to make a difference in the lives of others – and in each of their cases, in the lives of many others.
George and Keith were very different people in many ways, and they were at very different places in their careers – one near the end his, the other in the most productive period of his.
But they both were passionate surgeons, dedicated to serving others.
We will miss them very, very much.