Matthew Robert Wakelin Utting

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2755
  1. Robert F Spencer,
  2. James S Heal

    Matthew Robert Wakelin Utting (“Matt”) qualified BSc (first class honours, anatomy, 1994) and MBChB (honours, 1997) from Manchester University, and underwent basic training in Lancashire, Norfolk, and the south west, before joining the Bristol Orthopaedic Registrar Training Programme. He obtained the FRCS Orth diploma in 2007. He began a one year fellowship in complex joint replacement surgery in Perth, Western Australia, in 2008.

    He was the author of a number of high quality academic articles and scientific presentations, and he was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, the most recent being the president’s medal at the BASK (British Association for Surgery of the Knee) meeting in Portugal in May 2008.

    Matt demonstrated a commitment to his colleagues, patients, and family of the highest order. He was always concerned with the needs of others, rarely speaking of himself but regularly asking after the fortunes of those about whom he cared. He was particularly devoted to his family. He was a great colleague, spending a great deal of time cajoling and encouraging others across the professional hurdles they faced. Through all this he exhibited a highly humorous demeanour, never missing the opportunity to indulge in playful teasing and leg pulling.

    His dedication and personality made him unique in his contribution to education and orthopaedic surgery in the Bristol region. He will be deeply missed by his juniors, by his peers, and by his seniors. He was a good friend, respected and admired by many.

    He died tragically on 15 August 2008. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two young daughters, Madeline and Isabel.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2755


    • Registrar in orthopaedics Bristol rotation (b 22 August 1972; q Manchester 1997; BSc Hons (1st class) Anatomy, FRCS Orth Dip), d 15 August 2008.

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