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Geoffrey Duncan Chisholm

Prof Geoffrey Duncan Chisholm CBE FRSE PRCSE (30 September 1931 – 10 November 1994) was a New Zealand-born, British urologist. He made extensive advances in renal x-rays. He was also a strong advocate of kidney transplants, promoting the advantages of live donors.[1]


  • Life 1
  • Publications 2
  • Family 3
  • Artistic recognition 4
  • References 5


He was born of Scots-descent in Hawera in New Zealand, on 30 September 1931, the son of Sedman Arthur Chisholm, manager of the New Zealand Meat Board,[2] and Ellen Marion Friston.

He was educated first at Scots College, Wellington and then went to Britain with his parents to live in London around 1946, and completed his studies at Malvern College. He then received a place at St Andrews University, graduating MB ChB in 1955. As a medical student this also included much time at the Medical School in Dundee.[3]

He returned to London soon after graduating and began specialising in urological subjects with a strong academic component. In 1961 he began a three year period of work and study in the USA, under a Medical Foundation Travelling Fellowship, beginning at the Brady Urological Institute and then moving to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before finally ending in the White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. Here he learned further specialisation on surgery concerning the prostate gland.

On return to Britain he received a post of Consultant Neurologist at Hammersmith Hospital. In 1972 he returned to Scotland as a lecturer at Edinburgh University being given a full Professorship in 1977, [4] in replacement of the recently retired Sir Michael Woodruff. He also began surgery at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.

In 1988, he was elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.[2] He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1992 Birthday Honours.[5] In 1994 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his main proposer being Sir Michael Woodruff.[4]

He died of a tumour in Edinburgh on 10 November 1994.


He was editor of the British Journal of Urology from 1977 and also editor of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine.

  • Scientific Foundations of Urology (three editions)
  • Clinical Practice in Urology
  • Tutorials in Postgraduate Medicine (Urology)


He married Angela Jane Holden in 1962. He had met her in Hammersmith when she was working as a biochemist in the Department of Surgery.[6] They had two sons, Andrew and Ian.

Artistic recognition

His portrait, painted in 1959 by Victoria Crowe, hangs in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.[7]


  1. ^ "A tribute to professor Geoffrey D Chisholm CBE ChM PPRCS Ed FRCS Eng FRCP Ed FRCPSG FRACS (Hon) FCSSA (Hon) FACS (Hon) FRSE". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Chisholm, Geoffrey Duncan - Biographical entry - Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Geoffrey Duncan Chisholm : Obituary" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh : 1783-2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52952. p. 8. 12 June 1992. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. ^ "A tribute to professor Geoffrey D Chisholm CBE ChM PPRCS Ed FRCS Eng FRCP Ed FRCPSG FRACS (Hon) FCSSA (Hon) FACS (Hon) FRSE". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Geoffrey Duncan Chisholm (1931-1994) Painting" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
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