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Dr. Thomas Kiel

    New York - Dr. Thomas Kiel, a Staten Island surgeon was killed in a trail bike accident, Saturday, April 20th, 1996, the first day of a 10 day outback tour from Brisbane to Ayers Rock, Australia, with a group of seven people. According to Police and a participant behind Tom, His bike veered off the road where he hit a tree and died instantly.

    Dr. Thomas Kiel, 36 a general surgeon with Staten Island University Hospital, also maintained a private practice in Dongan Hills S.I.N.Y. Dr. Kiel had been on the staff at Staten Island and University Hospital since 1988. At the time of his death he was director of student education, in charge of monitoring and assigning medical students in the surgery department. "He was just a wonderful guy outgoing and pleasant. He was a real up and comer, an excellent surgeon who desired the best for his patients", said Dr. Richard Spence, who as director of surgery at Staten Island University Hospital, worked closely with Dr. Kiel. Dr. Spence said the surgery department is planning a permanent memorial to Dr. Kiel. "We'll be hard pressed to find someone like him," he said.

    Born in Meriden, Conn., Dr. Kiel lived in Manhattan for several years and came to Staten Island about five years ago to continue his medical studies. He majored in biochemistry and premedical studies at Columbia University in Manhattan where he received his medical degree in 1986 from New York University School of Medicine, also in Manhattan. Dr. Kiel completed his internship and residency in general surgery at New York University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, and the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital. He was an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and was board-certified and a diplomate of the American Board of General surgery. With his partner, Dr. George Ferzli, Dr. Kiel had authored several professional articles dealing with medical surgery and the digestive system. He also was a first-place winner in the annual paper competition of the Society of Medicine of Richmond. In 1993, he traveled to Russia to present a lecture on laparoscopic surgery to Russian surgeons.

    Dr. Kiel, enjoyed traveling, and had made trips to Siberia and Africa.

    Dr. Kiel is survived by his beloved parents, David and Victoria Kiel of 115 Whispering Brook Drive, Kensington, Conn.: a brother, Daniel of San Diego: a sister, Joan of Pittsburg, Pa.; and a sister Marilyn of Manhattan.

    Visiting at the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, Staten Island, N.Y., will be on Wednesday, May 1, 1996, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon and 6 to 10 in the evening. A Mass will be held at St. Mary's Church in Rosebank, Staten Island, on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain, Conn.

    In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Thomas Kiel, M.D. Memorial Fund, c/o Dr. Richard K. Spence, Chairman, Dept. of Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital, 475 Seaview Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. 10305.