Peter Alexander Templeton

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2323
  1. Brian Scott,
  2. Peter Millner

Peter Alexander Templeton was born and grew up in Canada, where his father, also an orthopaedic surgeon, was working. His family returned to Belfast in 1978 where he studied and qualified in 1987. He moved to Leeds in 1993 to train in orthopaedics and developed an interest in children’s orthopaedics. After a 12 month fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto he was appointed consultant at Leeds General Infirmary in 1999.

As well as being a full time paediatric orthopaedic surgeon he was a talented trauma surgeon. As a lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, Peter served in Iraq and Afghanistan and had returned from a tour of duty only weeks before his death.

A natural leader, he willingly took on a heavy burden of managerial responsibilities including unit clinical director and regional training programme director.

His clinical and surgical skills were exemplary. His judgement, wisdom, kindness and compassion stood out. He was much admired by the children and families he treated, and in fitting tribute many felt moved to write letters of condolence on his passing. His big smile invariably accompanied by his “How Are You?” delivered in his welcoming, Irish-Canadian accent will be much missed by his large circle of friends, colleagues and patients.

He leaves his wife and three children.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2323


  • Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Leeds (b 1963; q 1987; MB, BAO, FRCS(Orth)), died from occult coronary artery disease on 21 May 2011.

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