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Meher Derek Wells

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6747
  1. Rumy Kapadia

Meher Derek Wells (nee Mehta) was born in Hyderabad, India, the Nizam’s state, and she was proud of it. She entered the local Osmania Medical College, from which she graduated in 1960. She was influenced by A B N Rao—the local professor of ear, nose, and throat medicine—and developed a lifelong interest in the specialty.

Shortly after coming to England, she was appointed senior house officer in otorhinolaryngology to Mr Anthony Radcliffe at Gray’s Inn Road. After other posts in the specialty, getting her fellowship in Dublin (1968) and London (1970), she was appointed locum consultant at University College Hospital. She had been a senior registrar there after being a registrar at Wexham Park Hospital. She was later appointed consultant to the SE Canterbury and Thanet Health Authorities.

She was a research fellow in the pathology at the Institute of Laryngology and Otology in London where, under the guidance of Leslie Michaels, she received her PhD in neonatal temporal bone development and pathology.

Despite her short stature and slender frame, she performed pharyngo-laryngectomies and was an all-rounder. She suffered life long ill health : measles in childhood developed into bronchiectasis in later life, which required postural physiotherapeutic drainage twice daily—a constant burden.

She was a devout Parsi Zoroastrian, first marrying a Hindu from her native city, who died quite young of renal failure, and then finding much happiness with her haematologist husband Derek Wells.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6747


  • Former consultant otorhinolaryngologist (b 1937; q Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India 1960; FCRS), d 24 May 2011.

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