Lives of the fellows

John Bedford Bingham

b.19 December 1944 d.13 October 2003
MB BChir Cantab(1969) MRCP(1972) MSc Lond(1976) FRCR(1983) FRCP(1992)

John Bedford Bingham was a consultant radiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust. He was born in Bedford, after which he was named by his parents. His father, Frank William Bingham, was the headmaster of the local school. His mother was Mollie Bingham. He was educated at Northgate Grammar School for Boys, Ipswich, and then started reading chemistry at Clare College, Cambridge, but quickly changed to medicine. He went to Guy’s Hospital for his clinical training, qualifying in 1969.

After house posts at Guy’s, he was a locum house officer in the renal unit, in the early days of renal transplantation. He was then a medical registrar, first at Guy’s with Willy Mann [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.375] and then at Orpington. He had intended to follow a career in general medicine, but decided to change his plans. He held a medical registrar post at Guy’s, which included endocrinology and nuclear medicine. Initially, he was interested in the thyroid and endocrinology, but soon found he enjoyed nuclear medicine even more. In 1976 he became a locum senior registrar in nuclear medicine to M N Maisey during the absence in the USA of Andrew Hilson.

In 1977, he went to the United States, where he held a fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, working in cardiovascular nuclear medicine with Bill Strauss and Ken McKusick.

He returned to the UK in 1980 and, having decided that nuclear medicine on its own would be too limiting, went to St George’s Hospital and trained in radiology.

In 1985, he returned to Guy’s. His main role was to set up the clinical service on the newly installed MRI machine. He went for a few months to train in Atlanta and subsequently became a highly respected clinical MR radiologist.

He was a dedicated teacher and loved to teach groups of medical students, registrars and others.

He married Sheila Campbell Rankin, a consultant radiologist, in 1975. He died as a result of an accident. A John Bingham Memorial Fund has been set up at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in his honour, with the aim of supporting education and training in the field of medical imaging.

RCP editor

[The Royal College of Radiologists www.rcr.ac.uk/Obituaries.aspx?ViewObit=32&PageID=56 – accessed 26 July 2010; gkt gazette May 2004 p.462-466]

(Volume XII, page web)

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