VA Medical Center physician dead following single-vehicle crash on I-95

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Manchester VA Medical Center Director Alfred Montoya Jr., left, and Dr. William “Ed” Kois, right, in March of 2019.  Photo/Jon Hopwood

HAMPTON, NH – Longtime VA Medical Center physician Dr. William Kois was pronounced dead following a single-vehicle crash in Hampton Tuesday.

At approximately 4:23 p.m., New Hampshire State Police-Troop A received a report of a motor vehicle collision along Interstate 95.  The incident was determined to be a single-vehicle crash, and Dr. Kois was the sole occupant.

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Preliminary investigation shows that Dr. Kois, of Newburyport, Mass., was traveling south before leaving the roadway just prior to the Taylor River (mile marker 3.8) in a 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Police believe he suffered a medical emergency causing his vehicle to continue along the center grass median for approximately 40 yards before striking a metal guardrail.

The accident remains under investigation. 

Dr. Kois was transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  New Hampshire State Police were assisted on scene by the Hampton Police Department as well as Hampton Fire and Rescue. The accident is being investigated by Trooper James Powers of the New Hampshire State Police / Troop A.  Anyone who may have further information related to this accident is asked to contact Trooper James Powers at or via telephone at 603-679-3333.

Just before midnight, Alfred A. Montoya Jr., Medical Center Director for the Manchester VA Medical Center, sent out the following message and biographical information on Dr. William E Kois MD:

Dr. William E. Kois MD

“It is with a heavy heart that Manchester VAMC shares the passing of William E. Kois, MD.  Dr. Kois was a key member of the Manchester VAMC family, and his dedication to the patients was an integral part of our success.

“Dr. Kois improved care for Veterans through his advocacy, collaboration and innovation.  He was incredibly passionate about the care he provided to our Nation’s heroes and he will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with Dr. Kois’ family during this difficult time.

Dr. Kois was a physiatrist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Manchester VA Medical Center.  He was certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with over 30 years of specialized experience.  VA trained, Dr. Kois was dedicated to maximizing what is possible for former military members.

From left, Alfred Montoya, acting medical center director, Ron Currier, US Air Force Veteran and former Manchester VA Chief, Prosthetics, Dr. William E. Kios, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Matthew Albuquerque, president and founder of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics.

Dr. Kois’ career has been one of advocacy, collaboration and innovation.  He was a co-founder of Nashua Work Hardening Center in collaboration with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center of Nashua, New Hampshire and developed concepts of abdominal compression to assist backload with Outdoor Medical Research, LLC.

Dr. Kois received his bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed medical school at the University Of Michigan Medical School.  He accomplished his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Tufts University –New England Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Boston Healthcare Systems.  His residency included rotations in Internal Medicines, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurology, and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation.

Dr. Kois lived in Newburyport, Mass.  He served on the New Hampshire Board of Registration Medicine – Physical Therapy Advisory Committee and was recognized in New Hampshire Magazine, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. as a “Top Doctor,” and was honorably mentioned in the category of “Inventions of the Year” by Time Magazine.  He believed his blue-collar lifestyle helped in creating a personal connection with Veterans.


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