b.30 July 1963 d.4 March 2008
BSc Lond(1986) MB BS(1989) MRCP(1993) FRCP(2005)
Simon Andrew William Samuel Biggart, known to his medical colleagues as ‘SAWS’, was a consultant cardiologist at Salisbury District Hospital. Born in Hong Kong, he was the only son of Samuel Arthur Biggart, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and his wife, Anna. After attending Epsom College, he studied medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School.
He qualified in 1989 and did house jobs at the Royal Sussex, Medway and St Thomas’ hospitals, starting to specialise in cardiology. Possessed of a great zest for life and a huge enthusiasm, he was elected treasurer of the prestigious Junior Cardiac Club and represented his fellow trainees on the South-East Cardiology Specialist Training Committee. Part of his research project at St Thomas’ included using coronary artery pressure wires to guide coronary artery angioplasty/stent procedures.
In 2002 he was appointed a consultant cardiologist to the Salisbury District Hospital. Frustrated by the lack of amenities at Salisbury, which meant that patients often had to travel to Southampton for some procedures, he and his team started the Ace of Hearts Appeal. This successfully raised funds for a new cardiac unit which opened in November 2004. Biggart successfully introduced cardiac catheterisation and extended the local pacing service. When he died, he was about to start a local coronary angioplasty/stenting service.
He worked also as a consultant cardiologist at the privately run New Hall Hospital in Salisbury and the BUPA Hospital in Southampton. A member of the British Cardiac Society and the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society, he listed his special interests as echocardiography and invasive cardiology.
Lifelong interests were sailing, golf, skiing and foreign travel.
He married Claudine née Blake, a dietician.
After his early death from liver failure, he was survived by his parents and sister, Katrina.
[BMJ 2009 338 58]
(Volume XII, page web)
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