University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), Leicester, UK have announced the death of the esteemed cardiologist Professor Anthony Gershlick, who passed away aged 69 after having contracted COVID-19.
Professor Gershlick was a consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital and professor of interventional cardiology at the University of Leicester. He passed away on Friday 20 November, 2020 in intensive care at the hospital in which he worked.
Professor Gershlick had worked at UHL since May 1989. In December 2018, he formally began work for the University of Leicester, but continued working as an honorary consultant at UHL.
The recipient of the inaugural British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) Lifetime Achievement Career Award in 2017, Professor Gershlick had been involved in coronary intervention shortly after it was introduced in the UK. He undertook his first procedure in the mid-1980s and remained active clinically until he became unwell recently.
He was the UK lead for over 10 international trials and attracted more than £3 million of research funding from bodies such as The British Heart Foundation and National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Rebecca Brown, acting chief executive, at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “This is devastating news for us all at Leicester’s Hospitals. Tony was a much loved member of the team who will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to them on behalf of everyone at the Trust.”
Andrew Furlong, medical director at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “Tony was well known and well respected, locally, nationally and internationally. He made many significant contributions to the field of cardiology over his long career and was at the forefront of early work on coronary interventions and many significant research studies. He was deeply committed to the training and development of junior doctors and registrars and known for his dedication to his field and his patients. He made a difference to many, many lives.
“Since April, Tony had been working in non-COVID environments and was conducting much of his work via virtual consultations. He had taken on caseloads from other consultants to help during the pandemic and had been working tirelessly to provide continued care to cardiology patients. This was typical of Tony, who was well known for his strong work ethic.
“We all feel Tony’s loss and those colleagues who knew him well will miss his wise words and sense of humour. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues here, at the University and across the cardiology community.”