Prabhakar Shankar Phatak

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1254
  1. Jean Phatak,
  2. Nilima Parry-Jones

Born into a Maharashtrian Chitpavan Brahmin family of lawyers and priests, Prabhakar Shankar Phatak (“Prabhu”) chose a different path, joining Nagpur Medical College in 1954. In 1961 he came to the UK to pursue higher training in general surgery, obtaining FRCS in 1966. He married Jean McKinnon (later a GP) in 1967. He held registrar posts at Bishop’s Stortford, Queen Mary’s Sidcup, and Whittington hospitals and was subsequently employed as a consultant surgeon at the Whittington Hospital for many years. Later he worked in Dudley and Luton. His former trainees remember him fondly as a teacher and mentor by his former trainees. In retirement, he and Jean travelled extensively in India and elsewhere before being limited by ill health. In 2007 they moved from Sidcup to Abergavenny to be near their daughter (a consultant haematologist) and her family. He is survived by Jean; a daughter, Nilima; a son, Devendra; and five grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1254


  • Former consultant surgeon (b 1936 India; q Nagpur 1960; FRCS), died from cardiac disease and bronchopneumonia on 24 December 2011.