Russell Cherry

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 09 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e907
  1. Sylvia Chudley,
  2. Jim Parle

After house jobs and vocational training, Russell Cherry worked in general practice in Hall Green, Birmingham, before joining Jiggins Lane Medical Centre, the practice that became his passion. His enthusiasm ensured the practice was at the forefront in technology and quality. He was prescribing adviser in South Birmingham and was active in commissioning groups where he was sought after for his wise counsel.

A GP trainer for many years, he inspired many future GPs. Before his illness became too disabling he was able to enjoy his retirement party where almost all his registrars came to pay tribute to him. He was an outstanding undergraduate GP tutor at Birmingham University, then an excellent clinical subdean, working with fifth year tutors.

A superb general practitioner, he was able to communicate easily with people from all backgrounds. After starting treatment for his tumour he warmly encouraged patients to greet and talk with him in spite of his own concerns.

He was wise and kind, the latter observation made many, many times by patients. Aware of the grimness of his prognosis he bore this with great dignity and courage, his concerns continuing to be only for the welfare of his family and practice.

His love of sailing inspired his sons to compete internationally; one is now a professional sailor.

He is survived by his parents Barbara and Rod, and he leaves his second wife, Sandy, and two sons, Alex and Nick.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e907


  • Former general practitioner, Birmingham (b 1956; q Birmingham 1980), died from a brain tumour on 18 September 2011.

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