Geoff Oates Award
In honour of Geoffrey Donald Oates and to recognise an outstanding achievement and contribution to the colorectal cancer surgery, BASO announced the 'Geoff Oates Award' in 2014.
Geoffrey Donald Oates known as "Geoff" was born in Wolsingham,
county Durham, in 1929, graduating with a first class honours
degree in anatomy and physiology from birmingham in 1950. He went
on to pursue postgraduate surgical training and a life-time
surgical career in Birmingham, combining the roles of Consultant
Surgeon and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University there with
six-year spell as Chairman of the Division of Surgery of the United
His interest in the treatment of cancer developed from a year
spent with Warren Cole at the University of Illinois, Chicago, as a
Research Fellow and Instructor in Surgery. His work on experimental
and clinical aspects of tumour metastases set the scene for a
lifelong career in pursuit of optimal outcomes for patients with
Geoff was one of the first surgeons in England to introduce the
concept of "Surgical Oncology". He founded the oncology section of
the Royal Society of Medicine; the British Association of Surgical
Oncology; and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain
and Ireland, whose Inaugural president he became in 2000.
Predeceased in 1971 by his first wife, Mollie, he leaves a
widow, Liz, and two children from his marriage to Mollie; his son
John is a Consultant ENT Surgeon and a leading expert on
Geoff died suddenly in Switzerland, aged 84, en route from his
adopted home in Verbier to attend the 2013 BASO Conference.
2016 Professor OJ Garden is presented
this award at the BASO_NCRI Annual Cancer Conference in
2015 Professor Sue Clark was presented
this award at the BASO_RSM (Section of Surgery) Annual Scientific
2014 Professor Dion Morton was presented
this award at the ESSO34/ BASO Congress 2014.