Nfld. & Labrador

Dr. Nigel Rusted dies at 104

Newfoundland and Labrador medical pioneer Dr. Nigel Rusted has died.

Newfoundland and Labrador medical pioneer Dr. Nigel Rusted has died.

Rusted, 104, who was born in 1907 in Salvage, was a member of Memorial University of Newfoundland's first graduating class in 1927.

He then attended Dalhousie medical school in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

While studying there Rusted served as health officer on the S.S. Kyle, visiting dozens of communities along the Labrador coast.

As a surgeon, he worked and held executive positions at four hospitals in St. John’s

Rusted was known by his peers as an innovative surgeon and an academic leader in St. John’s.

"Rusted was the first to perform several operations in Newfoundland including partial gastrectomy, pedicle graft from abdomen to neck, adrenalectomy, and cleft lip and cleft palate repair. He became particularly well-known for the latter, performing 560 reconstructive surgeries," acording to a 2011 article in the Canadian Medical Association's Journal about his career.

After retiring from surgery in 1982 at the age of 75, he continued to perform travelling clinics for cleft lip and palate consultations, said the article.

He retired from medical practice in 1987.

He was awarded both the Order of Canada and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.