Fri | Dec 13, 2019

Dr Tang earned the awe and envy of his colleagues

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:20 AM
Dr Keith Witton Tang

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The management, staff and patients of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital are very saddened at the passing of our former senior medical officer, Dr Keith Witton Tang, and wish to express our condolences to his widow, Mrs Dorothy Tang, his family and friends.

Dr Tang joined the staff of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital after graduating from the University College of the West Indies in 1955. He went on to have the honour of being the first graduate of the University College of the West Indies to attain membership at the prestigious Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in England in 1961.

He remained in England, working at the North Middlesex Hospital in London until 1976, when he was recruited by the Government of Jamaica to become the senior medical officer at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

TANG’S WORK

At the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Dr Tang quickly established himself as an excellent administrator, teacher and surgeon in obstetrics and gynaecology. He was instrumental in the selection and training of many young obstetricians and gynaecologists in preparation for MRCOG examinations in London. During his tenure, he was responsible for a significant decline in maternal and perinatal mortality rates at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

As a surgeon, he was adept and skilful, earning the awe and envy of his colleagues. He popularised the Pfannensteil (bikini cut) in Jamaica, replacing less cosmetically appeasing midline incision for women.

May his soul rest in peace.

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF

Victoria Jubilee Hospital