Linda de Cossart

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Linda de Cossart CBE is an English general surgeon who specialises in vascular surgery.[1] She is the director of medical education at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Biography[edit]

Linda de Cossart graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine in 1972 and was admitted as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) in 1978.[2] At the time, there were few female surgeons; de Cossart has said that "women were actively discouraged from going into surgery".[3] After obtaining her surgical fellowship, she completed a Master of Surgery at the University of Liverpool with a thesis on venous disease.[2] While performing research for her thesis, she developed sarcoidosis.[4] In 1988, she was appointed by the Countess of Chester Hospital as a consultant general surgeon and was tasked with establishing a specialised service for peripheral vascular surgery at the hospital. She retired from surgery in 2009,[1] and remains an emeritus consultant and the director of medical education at the Countess of Chester Hospital.[5]

De Cossart was elected to the RCS council in 1999 and was elected vice president of the college in 2008.[2] Her portrait was featured in a 2008 exhibition titled "Six Women Surgeons" at the RCS's London building.[4] She was appointed a CBE in 2010 and is an honorary professor at the University of Chester.[5]

De Cossart is a frequent collaborator of Della Fish. Together, they established a master's degree programme in Postgraduate Medical Practice at the University of Chester, and they have co-authored three books aimed at doctors: Cultivating a Thinking Surgeon (2005), Developing the Wise Doctor (2007) and Reflection for Medical Appraisal (2013).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Handley MacMath, Terence (1 November 2013). "Interview: Linda de Cossart, surgeon, director of medical education". Church Times. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Countess of Chester Hospital consultant Linda de Cossart made CBE". Chester Chronicle. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ Ni Cheallaigh, Gillian (25 April 2004). "Surgery 'still a man's world'". BBC News. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Razaaq, Aliya (3 September 2008). "A pioneering female surgeon". Careers. BMJ. 337: cf_raza_cossart. doi:10.1136/bmj.a1457.
  5. ^ a b c "Women in Surgery: A New Phenomenon?". University of Chester. 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2017.