Two passionate surgeons

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.

2 thoughts on “Two passionate surgeons

  1. melody searl

    My heart is broken at the news of Dr. Amos. He was my breast cancer surgeon and walked passionately beside me every step of my BC journey. I will be forever grateful for his care .My heart goes out to his family and the UNC Medical Community. He was truly the best of the best.

  2. Rusty Chataham

    I only had two very brief opportunities to speak with Dr. Amos.
    What a very special Doctor !!!!!!
    After learning of a DCIS diagnosis on May 24, 2013, my family encouraged me to seek the professional advice of Dr. Amos, as he had treated my sister two years earlier. I called UNC and was told due to Dr. Amos’s heavy schedule, understandably, and his upcoming absence, to be out of the country for one month
    he was not able to take on any new patients at this time. I explained my situation to his receptionist. She was kind and said she would email him.
    Around noon the same day my home phone rang, it was Dr. Amos.
    He had stepped out for a lunch break during a conference in Chicago to call me. I was amazed that this very busy man would take the time to call me during a conference on his lunch break. During our brief conversation he assured me not to be fearful and that he would see me before his trip. Needless to say he arranged an appointment for me the next week just one day before he was to leave for more breast cancer related studies research and teaching. Even though it was brief, I knew this Dr. was very special. I’m told there are many more stories like mine about Dr. Amos and his care, love, and concern for people. What a precious and special man !!!! He will be missed !!!!!!!!!


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