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Colin Michael Dent

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4465
  1. Chris Wilson

    Having lost his father as a teenager, Colin Michael Dent left his local comprehensive school in Gloucestershire and worked in a laboratory. He was later successful in his application to study medicine at University College London, going up to UCL in 1979.

    His great intelligence and his unique sense of humour were already apparent as a medical student, and these helped him through demanding posts in old style preregistration house surgeon jobs at UCH and in Darlington. He entered basic surgical training in Bristol and London and in August 1988 entered orthopaedic higher surgical training in Cardiff, becoming a senior registrar in 1991.

    During his senior registrar years he held several prestigious fellowships, including a research fellowship in the upper limb surgery unit working for John Stanley in Wrightington Hospital and a British Orthopaedic Association Honorary Research Fellowship during a spell of basic science research in Cardiff in 1993.

    He became senior lecturer in the Trauma/Orthopaedic Unit in Cardiff, in what was then the University of Wales College of Medicine, in July 1994. From April 1995 onwards he spent six months in upper limb fellowship in Boston, USA, and on his return continued to develop his interest in upper limb surgery, particularly rheumatoid disease, and in his other main research interest, the basic science of degenerative joint disease, collaborating extensively with Professor Bruce Caterson. …

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