Intended for healthcare professionals


The BMJ likes to pay tribute to the life and work of members of the profession who have died. If you would like to share your memories of a colleague, friend, or family member who was a doctor with a connection to the UK, please email an MS Word file to Please write no more than 600 words.

On emailing your contribution you will receive an autoresponse as confirmation that it has reached us. If no autoresponse arrives please try again as it is possible your submission has not gone through. Unfortunately, such technical infelicities can happen.

We will publish your full contribution on and then shorten the text for print. There is usually a delay of several weeks between online and print publication. Print obituaries have a maximum of 150 words.

All obituaries include biographical details:

• The name of the author(s),
• The last position held,
• The year of the deceased’s birth,
• The place and year of his/her qualification,
• Postgraduate qualifications if applicable, and
• Date and cause of death.

This information is mandatory for all our printed obituaries. Please don’t use abbreviations or acronyms (except for royal college memberships).

We like to publish photographs alongside the text. These should be emailed to us as hi-res electronic images. Headshots/portraits are best, and they need to be of high enough quality to reproduce well online and in print.

Unless the author is a relative or family member of the deceased, we will need written permission from relevant parties/family to submit this for publication—the form is here.

Please do not send us typewritten or handwritten obituaries in the post—we have no way of processing these.

NB: Obituaries are not indexed in PubMed.

Full page obituaries
We generally commission the full page obituaries for the print issue of The BMJ from professional writers: these are usually about doctors and are published no more than three months after death.