Katherine Paule Cotter

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 23 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k773
  1. Oonagh Giligan,
  2. Keith Shinton

Katherine Paule Cotter was appointed consultant haematologist at Coventry to a combined clinical and laboratory haematology department, where she treated patients with acute and chronic leukaemia with cytotoxic drugs. In 1979 she moved back to Ireland, where she was appointed consultant haematologist at Cork University Hospital and senior lecturer at University College, Cork. In addition to developing a department of clinical and laboratory haematology, she engaged in bone marrow transplantation of autologous stem cells. Her poise and elegance were offset beautifully by her wisdom and wit, and she was held in the highest esteem by the wider medical, nursing, and scientific community as well as by her colleagues. She was a member of British Society for Haematology and the International Society of Hematology, and outside medicine she was a member of the board of West Cork Music. She was married to Patrick James McGrath, lecturer in philosophy at the University of Cork, Ireland, who predeceased her in 2011.

Retired consultant haematologist Cork University Hospital, Ireland (b 1943; q 1966; MD, FRCP Lond, FRCPath), died from pneumonia on 9 October 2017

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