New book tells Dr. Keith Amos’ story

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A 1988 graduate of Minden High School who died suddenly last year is the subject of a book exploring his brief life and career.

“Keith Amos: A Celebration of His Life” is a compilation of memories and photographs with tributes from his family,
friends and colleagues. Amos was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center at the time of his death.

His wife, Ahaji Kirk Amos, worked with Interwoven Heritage Services of North Carolina to bring Amos’ life to print. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be used to support the Keith Dave Amos Foundation at his alma mater, Xavier University in New Orleans.

Amos’ foundation provides financial assistance to premed students at Xavier who qualify by combining academic achievement with community service.

Dr. Keith David Amos passed away in Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2013 where he was a visiting scholar after receiving a coveted travel award from the American College of Surgeons. Amos died from an acute aortic dissection, a tear in the inner layer of the aorta.

Amos was 42 years old. At the time of his death, he was serving the UNC Breast Center in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and other locations in the state. He earned his medical degree from Harvard University and performed his surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis.

He also received a Surgical Oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

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