Desmond Peel Greaves

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3062
  1. Francis Greaves,
  2. Ellis Shenken

    Francis Greaves writes:

    Desmond Peel Greaves was consultant ophthalmic Surgeon at University College Hospital, London, from 1952 and at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, from 1960 until his retirement from the NHS in 1985. He was honorary secretary of the Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom Council from 1962 to 1964, then vice president from 1979 to 1982. He was on the Council of the European Ophthalmological Society and became president of the European Ophthalmological Society in 1980. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and honorary secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1956 to 1959. He was also the vice dean of the Institute of Ophthalmology.

    During his career he was able to travel extensively, mainly as a teacher, and as a result had many friends across the world. Among the countries he worked in were the Sudan, Burma, and Iraq. At one time he had so many Arabic speaking patients he learnt enough …

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