Anupama DameraBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1442-a (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1442
Anupama DameraConsultant radiologist Ipswich (b 29 June 1967; q Kakatiya Medical College 1992; MD, FRCR), d 1 February 2004.
After qualifying Anu began her career in radiology at Gandhi hospital, Warangal, India. In 1997 Anu decided to come to England to further her radiological training and spent four years in the Midlands on the Mid Trent radiology training scheme. In 2002 she was appointed as breast imaging research fellow at the Helen Garrod breast screening unit at Nottingham City Hospital. Here she developed into an excellent breast radiologist and wrote a paper on the use of ultrasound guided core biopsy of axillary nodes in women with primary operable breast cancer. This work, published in December 2003, has generated a good deal of interest internationally.
Anu then moved to Ipswich to take up the post of consultant radiologist with a special interest in breast imaging. Although Anu spent less than a year in this job she was instrumental in introducing new working practices to the department.
Anu had two main interests in life: her work and her family. She was also fond of cooking and reading. When she first came to the UK Anu appeared rather shy and quiet. However, in time Anu showed herself to be a confident, energetic, and ambitious radiologist. She had a great sense of humour and was a natural at creating rapport with colleagues and patients. It seemed to many that Anu was beginning to blossom both professionally and personally in the last year or two of her life.
Anu died a violent death at her home. Her husband and younger son died during the same incident. Her death came as dreadful shock to colleagues and friends alike. Anu was a kind and thoughtful radiologist who made a lasting impression on all those she met. She is survived by her elder son, Ani, who is starting a new life with Anu’s brother in the United States. [Andy Evans, Simon Smith]
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