William Ernest Miles

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William Ernest Miles
Born 15 January 1869
Died 24 September 1947
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields surgeon
Known for Miles' operation

William Ernest Miles (15 January 1869 - 24 September 1947) was an English surgeon known for the Miles' operation: an abdomino-perineal excision for rectal cancer.

Sources differ as to whether Miles was born in Trinidad[1] or in Uppingham, England.[2] He received his medical education at St Bartholomew's Hospital, from where he graduated in 1891. At age 25, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.[2]

Former surgery for rectal cancer was perineal excision, that was less efficient in removing neoplastic tissue but easier to perform; so at beginning mortality related to new operation was higher. Lately, with improvement of surgical techniques and surgery-related medical therapy, Miles' operation mortality felt off and become gold standard for surgical treatment of rectal cancer.[1]



  1. ^ a b Brawley, Otis Webb; Gansler, Ted (30 December 2008). "William Ernest Miles". CA – A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (Wiley-Blackwell) 21 (6): 340. doi:10.3322/canjclin.21.6.360. PMID 5001852. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Campos, Fábio Guilherme (March–April 2013). "The life and legacy of William Ernest Miles (1869-1947): a tribute to an admirable surgeon". Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira 59 (2): 181–185. doi:10.1016/s2255-4823(13)70453-3. Retrieved 19 April 2014.