Lives of the fellows

Barbara Stephens Davies

b.24 May 1921 d.11 August 2007
MB BS Lond(1944) DCH(1946) MRCP(1965) FRCP(1978) MRCPCH(1997)

Barbara Davies was a consultant paediatrician at West Bromwich hospitals, where she was highly respected. She was born in Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, Wales, the daughter of Hedley Victor Davies, a commercial manager. She won a scholarship which enabled her to attend Ebbw Vale County School. She was a most conscientious student and, at a time when university education was dominated mainly by men, Barbara was one of the very few women students to gain a place at Leeds Medical School. She qualified in 1944.

She held house physician posts in Aylesbury and then at Tite Street Hospital for Children in Chelsea. In 1946 she went to Birmingham, initially as an assistant resident medical officer at the Children’s Hospital. She was later a registrar on the neonatal unit of Birmingham Maternity Hospital and then at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. In 1957 she joined West Bromwich hospitals as a registrar on the children’s unit and then as a medical assistant. In 1969 she was appointed as a consultant paediatrician.

Barbara had a special interest in premature babies and, together with John Gerrard and J A H Waterhouse, wrote a paper on haemolytic disease of the newborn [Arch Dis Child, 1953 Dec 28(142) 466-70]. Whilst at Birmingham she was said to have been involved in performing one of the first exchange transfusions.

Barbara was very much family-orientated and spent any spare time she had with her mother and father who then lived in Abergavenny, Wales. She was a very special aunt to Alison, Christopher and Jennifer, who remember spending happy times with her. She touched a lot of peoples’ lives, both in her personal life and during her career in medicine.

Alison Dickinson

(Volume XII, page web)

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