VASCULAR SURGERY: a branch of medicine dealing with the use of surgery to correct or treat diseases of the blood vessels (vascular surgery)


SAPHENOUS VEIN: the vein that drains the foot and the leg

Allastair Karmody (29th Mar 1937 - 16 June 1986)

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Dr. Allastair Karmody is internationally recognised for his techniques in vascular surgery. Among these is the “Albany operation” for treating blocked arteries in the lower limbs. The procedure bypasses the blood flow of blocked lower limb arteries into the saphenous vein. He also pioneered limb re-attachment surgery and kidney transplants at Albany.

Allastair Michael Karmody was born in Trinidad on March 29th 1937. He attended Coffee Street EC Primary School and St. Mary’s College. He won the Jerningham Gold Medal and the science Island Scholarship in 1955. He studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Oxford University, England. His master’s degree in surgery researched blood’s clotting mechanism. He held Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons in England and Scotland. In 2970, he joined the Albany Veterans Administration Hospital, New York, and later the faculty of Albany Medical College.

Together with other surgeons, he developed a reputation for excellence in vascular surgery at the Albany Medical Institute for Vascular Health and Disease. He and Dr. Robert Leather refined the “in-situ saphenous vein bypass” and set a new international standard. He was elected Professor of Surgery in 1980 and mentored postgraduate surgeons from around the world. He authored over 150 publications and held mentorships in the American Surgical Association and the Society of Vascular Surgery. He died on June 16th 1986. The Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery administers the “Allastair Karmody Essay” award for medical students and the Karmody Vascular Laboratory, Albany is named in his honour.