Lives of the fellows

Charles Gordon Rennick Sell

b.9 July 1917 d.31 December 1998
MA MB BChir Cantab(1941) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1980)

C Gordon R Sell was a prominent Nashville cardiologist and a clinical professor of paediatrics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) from 1954.

He was born in India, the son of English missionary parents, and educated in England, at Taunton, and at St Catherine's College, Cambridge, graduating in 1941. He was held posts as house physician at King's College Hospital and at Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital. From 1942 to 1946 he served in South East Asia, and was a commanding officer in a field ambulance unit in the Indian Medical Service.

Following demobilisation, he was a registrar at the United Liverpool Hospitals and the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital. In 1948 Sell was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the United States to study paediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins.

In 1954 Sell moved to Tennessee, to VUMC, to help establish the city's first clinical catheterisation laboratory. He also helped establish laboratories at St Thomas Hospital and the former Hubbard Hospital, now part of Meharry Medical College. He was later appointed the head of the department of paediatric cardiology at VUMC.

He married Sarah Hamilton, a professor of paediatrics, in 1952 and they had two sons, Charles and Clive. There are four grandchildren.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 509)

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