John ParkerCharles William ShearerDaniel Boxall StoneGarden Hepburn SwappDavid Christopher WattsJames Roberts WrightBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7149.1987 (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1987
Consultant cardiac surgeon St George's Hospital, London, 1975-98 (b Harrow 1938; q St Andrews 1962; FRCS, FRCP; CBE), died of a brain tumour on 23 March 1998. He spent most of his youth in Zimbabwe, where he was school captain and captain of the rugby team; at university he was president of the Scottish Union of Students Unions and a devastatingly lucid debater. After posts at the National Heart and Brompton Hospitals he spent a year in Alabama before being appointed to St George's. This hospital offered the opportunity to create an internationally recognised cardiac unit, and today that dream exists in reality. The initial steps were to obtain support from the British Heart Foundation for university chairs in cardiology and cardiovascular pathology to set up an academic unit, alongside which the NHS service rapidly expanded. Much of this was orchestrated by John Parker, whose contacts with the international world of commerce and finance have led to major trusts supporting research and patient care.
He was elected to fellowships of several colleges and in 1993 was elected president of the British Cardiac Society, the first …