John (“Ian”) Gowan GrayBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7551.1218-b (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1218
John ("Ian") Gowan Gray
Former consultant surgeon North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent, and Leek Memorial Hospital (b Dalkeith, Midlothian, 1927; q Edinburgh 1950; FRCS Ed, FRCS), died from pancreatic carcinoma on 11 December 2005.
After a junior house officer post in Edinburgh, John ("Ian") did his national service in the Far East during the period of the Korean war. His surgical training was carried out, first as a senior registrar in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and then for several years as surgical lecturer in the professorial unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. During the latter period he spent a year in the United States as research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, and Harvard Medical School, concentrating on transplant surgery under Dr Paul Russell, and was able to use this experience in 1966 by giving the Hunterian professorship lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1965 he was appointed consultant surgeon in North Staffordshire and remained there until retirement in 1992. Although renal transplant surgery was his original interest, he later turned his attentions towards the treatment of parathyroid tumours and breast cancer.
Ian enjoyed his golf and was captain of Trentham golf club in 1987. His other interests were all things Scottish, and he became president of the North Staffordshire Caledonian Society in 1977. Predeceased by his wife, Margaret, he leaves six children and 11 grandchildren. [John Buchanan]
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