Tributes have been paid to a “dedicated” doctor who played a leading role at Eastbourne DGH after he died in London earlier this month.
Dr Mark Malak passed away at Kings College London on Friday November 13 where he was being treated for leukaemia, which had been diagnosed only a few months earlier. He was 58-years-old.
Friends and colleagues have praised him for his tireless work to maintain gynaecology services in Eastbourne as well as his work to improve the aftercare of his patients.
Family friend and Eastbourne GP, Dr. Idango Adoki said, “In his personal life, Mark was known to be reliable and honest. He lived by his Christian principles. Married to Angie to whom he was dedicated, they had two children, Tom and Miriam (both junior doctors) and three grand children.
“To them he was always a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather who always put them – his family – before self.
“He will be very much missed by all who knew him.”
Dr Malak had worked a consultant at Eastbourne DGH for more than 20 years working closely with GPs across East Sussex and setting up the hospitals’ first multidisciplinary urogynaecology team in 1996.
His work on this team saw it win the Best District General hospital team award and named as a close runner-up in the national Hospital Doctor awards.
Dr Malak was also awarded the Department of Health Clinical Excellence Awards five times between 2005 and 2009.
Earlier in his career he was awarded a PhD and the Ernest Frizelle prize by the University of Leicester, for his clinical research work.
A memorial service for Dr Malak will be held on Saturday December 12 at St Michael and All Angels Church, Willingdon Road, Eastbourne at 11am.
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