Lives of the fellows

Ashley John Cooper

b.21 May 1974 d.22 December 2012
BM Southampton(1997) FRCP(2010)

Ashley John Cooper was a dermatologist at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. He qualified in medicine at Southampton University and did house jobs at Poole General Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon. Appointed a consultant dermatologist to the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust in 2006, he was based at the Kent and Canterbury Friend’s Dermatology Centre. He rapidly built up a reputation as a leading expert in skin cancer and was largely responsible for developing the Mohs Micrographic Service in East Kent, which was one of the few places in the country at the time to offer patients with difficult facial skin cancers highly specialised surgery.

Keen to encourage others, he travelled all over the UK teaching surgical skills and supervising and directing programmes for trainee dermatologists. He drew up surgical data collection forms which are now used as standard in the profession and also wrote patient information leaflets. Serving on the specialist advisory body to the RCP, he was also a member of the British Society for Dermatological Surgery, the Dermatology Council for England and the UK government’s Melanoma Taskforce.

Outside medicine he enjoyed martial arts, computers and technology generally, music and cars.

In 2001 he married Clare who was a furniture designer and cabinet maker. She was unable to wake him when he suffered a cardiac arrest in his sleep and he died in the intensive care unit of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital six days later. He was survived by Clare and their children Genevieve and Cyrus, who were nine and eight years old at the time.

RCP editor

[Kentonline www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/shock-as-leading-doctor-ashley-c-a57117/ and www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/kent-and-canterbury-hospital-con-a54879/; Canterbury Times www.canterburytimes.co.uk/Shock-death-doctor-38/story-18412662-detail/story.html - all accessed 25 November 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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