ORBITUARY: Blow to Kenya’s/Africa health sector as a great surgeon bows out


Kenya has lost a great surgeon the late James Professor John Jimmy the country is at shock after the news of the passing of Professor john “Jimmy James MB ChB FRCS Ed, which occurred on the 4th December 2019 after a short battle with cancer.

He was beloved husband of Judith and father of Emma, Willam and Michael.

Having qualified as a plastic surgeon in 1968, Jimmy moed to Ethiopia, working with ALERT doing Reconstructive Surgery in leprosy in 1973-74. From 1977 to 1981 he worked in Kenya with AMREF and the FPlying Doctors, visiting leprosy
hospitals in Kenya and Tanzania, doing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in
Moshi and Nairobi

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He returned to the UK during his children’s education, where he was Consultant
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Shotiey Bridge and Sunderland.

In 1996 he retired from the NHS and worked in Malawi running the Burns Unit in the
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre and empiloyed in the College of Medicine,
Blantyre, teaching Anatomy

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In 1999 he was asked by the officials of the Association of Surgeons of East
Africa (ASEA) to be General Secretary with the remit to set up a training
college for surgeons; he believed passionately that surgeons should be able to
train, and qualify, in the region He moved to Arusha to run the newly-formed
College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) where he
trained and examined medical graduates in Surgery

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A generation of surgeons in the region were trained or examined by jimmy. He
will be laid to rest at Gask Parish Church in Perthshire on 13th of December.

Celebration of a Life well Live