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Experts through the ages

Stone disease

Thomas Hollier is famous for operating on Samuel Pepys for a huge bladder stone in 1658. In 1662 he carried out stone removal operations (lithotomies) on 30 people in one year, and every one survived.

Today, our stone unit is one of the largest in the country. We have our own state-of-the-art operating theatre for treating patients with stones, which is open 5 days a week.

Skin problems

Thomas Addison’s lifelong interest was in dermatology which led him to found the department of skin diseases at Guy’s in 1824. 

Today, our St John’s Institute of Dermatology is one of the world’s leading centres for patients with skin disease. A national laboratory to diagnose the rare inherited skin disorder epidermolysis bullosa (EB) was opened at St Thomas’ Hospital in 2004 – it is one of only a few in the country.

Heart conditions

Russell Claude Brock graduated from Guy’s Medical School in 1928 and was one of the foremost exponents and innovators of open heart surgery, developing in particular operations. Similarly, Edgar Sowton, a pioneer in the development of pacemakers, was one of the first people in the UK to perform coronary angioplasty.

Today, as part of King's Health Partners, we are the forefront of cardiovascular care in the UK. Patients who are considered at too high a risk to have open heart surgery are being given another lease of life through a novel new surgical procedure, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). In 2011, our surgeons performed their first TAVI procedure. It is less invasive than traditional treatment and decreases morbidity and the risk of complications - making it ideal for the elderly or those with other conditions who could not previously have surgery.