The SF Chronicle recently profiled Timothy Chuter, M.D., a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at UCSF, citing his decades of pioneering work leading to some of the most significant treatments in his field. The Chronicle article said in part:
"The aortic aneurysms and areas he's worked on are preventing people from dying from ruptured aneurysms," said Dr. Peter Lawrence, president of the Society of Vascular Surgery, which honored Chuter in 2008. "It's not that often that somebody comes along and solves a problem or begins the process of solving a problem that has a huge, dramatic impact on health care."
Chuter, 56, is modest about his accomplishments. "I was lucky and first," he said. "Those are helpful things."
After studying medicine in the 1980s in his native England, Chuter left for New York to marry an actress and be a resident at Columbia University. By 1990, when he arrived at University of Rochester for a fellowship, his wife had died and he'd remarried a Columbia classmate, with whom he was raising three young children.
Despite his limited resources, he wanted to invent things. He'd never formally studied engineering, but his father was an engineer, and physics fascinated him. "It's shocking how little math and physics you need to know to do basic device design," he said. "Just a little bit of basic geometry is all it requires."