Catherine Stewart

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 17 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5564
  1. Ben Goorney,
  2. Amy Evans

Catherine Stewart was a proud Salfordian, born and bred in Swinton. She initially studied chemistry at Oxford University but realised that her vocation lay in medicine after formative experiences in Bosnia and South Africa. Subsequently she qualified from Manchester University medical school, trained in general medicine in the north west, and then completed her specialist training in sexual health and HIV (genitourinary medicine) in Leeds. She published her work here with Janet Wilson and colleagues in The BMJ, showing optimal non-invasive molecular tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea that made a difference to women's health internationally. She continued to visit South Africa and gained considerable experience in the management of HIV and reproductive health in resource poor settings. She also gained a husband, Lesego.

Catherine obtained a postgraduate certificate in medical education (PG Med Ed) in reproductive health. She was delighted to be appointed consultant in sexual and reproductive health at Salford Royal Foundation Trust in 2013 and to be back where her roots were.

She was diagnosed with melanoma in 2010 during late pregnancy with her son, Tolamo, but confronted her long illness thereafter with characteristic intellect and vigour. She further strengthened Salford's reputation for delivery of integrated sexual health services, contributed to the maternal HIV multidisciplinary clinic at St Mary’s Hospital, central Manchester, and advocated for black African women with HIV.

Fluent in French and Setswana (invaluable for many of her African patients), Catherine was a thorough and intuitive clinician, who combined humanity with an analytical scientific approach, served up with a dash of northern humour and directness that characterised her approach to patients. She was kind and funny; a beloved doctor and colleague, who will be greatly missed. She leaves her husband, son, parents, and many, many friends.

Consultant in sexual and reproductive health Salford Royal Foundation Trust (b 1975; q Manchester 2003; MD (Oxon), MRCP), died from metastatic carcinoma on 6 May 2016.

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