Local Dermatologist dies in Wind Surfing accident
A winder-surfer and a boat collided in Martin County on Friday afternoon. 68-year-old Dr. Thomas Connelly was severely injured on Friday and later died from his injuries.
The collision happened about half a mile north of the Stuart causeway.
Dr. Connelly had treated over 80,000 cases of skin cancer. He had been practicing skin cancer surgery in the Stuart area since 1985.
He has published over twenty seven peer-reviewed medical papers on topics which include the need for properly obtained patient consent for sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma and a major study of 334 cases basal cell cancer of the head and neck. This study, which shows a long-term success rate in treatment of basal cell carcinoma of 99%, was published in Journal of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery (JRPS) in February 2009. JRPS rejects 85% of submissions. -From Dr Connelly’s website
The Florida Wildlife Commission said that on Friday afternoon Dr. Connelly was windsurfing, heading south, when he collided with a 21-foot center console boat. The FWC report went on to say boat’s driver, a 50-year-old man from South Carolina, gave Connelly CPR while returning to dock. Dr. Connelly was taken to Martin Memorial North Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. FWC Officials say alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation