It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of former President of the ACPGBI Nicholas David Carr. Nick was born on April 15, 1951 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield and did his undergraduate medical training at Bristol University, qualifying in 1974. He undertook senior house officer posts at the Bristol Royal Infirmary before becoming registrar in surgery on the South Manchester circuit. He worked at Withington and Stepping Hill Hospitals and as research registrar to Philip Schofield from 1981-1983. He was the recipient of the John of Arderne medal (Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine) in 1983. He was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine in 1985 for his work on colonic vasculature in Radiation and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
A further registrar post followed in Bolton before he was appointed senior registrar at University College and The Middlesex Hospitals in 1985. During his senior registrar training, he spent a year as R.S.O. at St Mark’s Hospital, London. He was appointed to the post of Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Singleton Hospital, Swansea in 1990.
Nick was an excellent clinician and technical surgeon. He soon built up a busy specialist colorectal practice in Swansea. He was a great advocate of the multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of patient care. Nick was instrumental in the development of the specialist colorectal unit in Swansea, which opened in 1993, one of the first such specialised units in a District General Hospital. The unit flourished under his auspices and now has seven specialist colorectal surgeons.
Nick raised the profile of Swansea regionally, nationally and internationally. He was a member of the Welsh Surgical Training Committee and Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of England for the old FRCS and the intercollegiate MRCS. He was Member of Council, Section of Coloproctology of The Royal Society of Medicine and a regular on the teaching faculty at St. Mark’s Hospital, London. Nick was President of the West Wales Ileostomy Association and Ileo-Anal Pouch Support Group. He published widely on a variety of colorectal and general topics, particularly on the management of advanced pelvic malignancy, and supervised a number of surgical research fellows.
Nick was the treasurer of the European Association of Coloproctology (EACP) from its inauguration in 1999 to 2002. He found the finance to secure the future of the Society which ultimately underpinned the amalgamation of EACP and ECCP to form the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP), which is now one of the foremost colorectal societies in the world. He sat on the transition committee which oversaw the amalgamation of these two societies and was hugely instrumental in the original success of ESCP.
Nick was treasurer of the ACPGBI from 2002-2007 and was President in 2008. This was a very successful year, culminating in an outstanding meeting in Harrogate.
In his youth, Nick was an active sportsman with interests in diving, sailing and squash. He was an excellent artist having exhibitions of his work and, in his retirement, enrolled on a degree course in history of art which had always been a passion.
Nick is survived by his wife, Gail, nee Maxwell, whom he married in 1984; their two children, Matthew and Faye, and grandson Leo.