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Biography of Philip Caves

Philip Caves
Philip Caves

Philip Kennedy Caves was the first person to hold the Chair of Cardiac Surgery at the University. He held the Chair from 1975 until his death in 1978 aged 38.

Caves was born in Belfast and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen's University, Belfast. He graduated MB, BCh, BAO with Honours in 1964. He gained the Diploma in Obstetrics of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1966 and in 1968 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh and England).

After holding appointments as registrar in general and thoracic surgery at hospitals in Belfast and Edinburgh, Caves became cardiothoracic surgical registrar at the Brompton Hospital, London. In 1971 he went to the School of Medicine at Stanford University USA and was successively fellow in cardiovascular surgery, chief resident in the division of cardiovascular surgery and staff surgeon in the Stanford Clinical Cardiac Transplantation Service.

On his return from America, Caves became Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1974. He was also Honorary Consultant Cardiac Surgeon to Lothian Region Health Board. Following his move to Glasgow in 1975, he worked in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children operating on patients with congenital and rheumatic heart diseases and those with coronary heart disease. He was also involved in improving techniques for cardiac operations on children.


Philip Caves

Born 1940, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Died 23 July 1978.
University Link: Professor
Occupation categories: surgeons
Record last updated: 13th Aug 2008

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