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Carole Anne Alexander

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5507
  1. Hilary M Dobson,
  2. Graeme Alexander

    On 16 May 2009 we sadly lost our friend and colleague Carole Alexander, consultant radiologist at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service and the Glasgow Teaching Hospitals.

    Educated at Hamilton Academy and then Glasgow University, Carole graduated in 1977, and after house jobs in Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, and the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, she embarked on a career in radiology.

    At a time when many of her peers were drawn to the more acute specialties, Carole had the foresight to recognise the potential for contributing to patient management that a satisfying career in radiology provides. She embraced all the opportunities offered to her in the West of Scotland training regimen and, having gained her DMRD (London) in 1981, quickly followed by her fellowship (London) in 1983—both at the first attempt—her talents were quickly recognised. At the age of 30, she was appointed consultant to the then Royal Alexandra Infirmary.

    Notably, her colleagues, not only in radiology but throughout the clinical specialties, spoke warmly of both her clinical acumen and rapport with all. Within three years she became the consultant in administrative charge, which provided an opportunity for …

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