Obituaries

George Russell

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7109 (Published 14 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7109
  1. Ishaq Abu-Arafeh

George Russell was a founding member of several professional and clinical groups that set the standards of paediatric practice in Britain and abroad, including the British Association for Perinatal Medicine, the British Paediatric Intensive Care Society, the British Paediatric Respiratory Society, the European Paediatric Respiratory Society, the Scottish Children’s Asthma Group, and the Scottish Cystic Fibrosis group. George was a true visionary and took a lead role in shaping the future of paediatric practice in the UK.

George did his postgraduate training in paediatrics. He trained under famous paediatricians, including Ross Mitchell in Aberdeen and Henry Kempe in Colorado in the USA, before taking a lecturer post at the University of Aberdeen and a consultant post in paediatrics at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities in general paediatrics, he pioneered developments in neonatal intensive care and introduced innovations in ventilation techniques for premature babies. George Russell realised the importance of optimum nutrition on the survival of premature and sick newborn babies and …

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