Lavinia Loughridge

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 09 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3704
  1. Sophie Arie, London
  1. sarie{at}

Physician and teacher who ran one of the UK’s first renal units

Lavinia Loughridge was an outstanding acute general physician and nephrologist, and pioneer of early kidney transplant and dialysis methods in the 1960s.

Despite playing a key part in making kidney transplants possible in this country, this is perhaps not what she will be most remembered for. Loughridge stopped publishing research in the 1970s and focused on her clinical and teaching work. She became one of the most revered lecturers and consultants at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London where she worked from 1961 (when it was known as the Westminster Hospital) until her retirement from the NHS in 1995. From 1993 to 1995 she was also senior censor and vice president of the Royal College of Physicians.

As Professor Brian Gazzard, gastroenterologist and director of HIV at the Chelsea and Westminster, who worked with Loughridge for many years, said: “In her time, she was undoubtedly one of the best physicians we’ve seen.”

“She was the most impressive physician I ever knew,” he said. “One of the few you admire …

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