Lives of the fellows

Joy Beryl Edelman

b.13 November 1937 d.10 July 2004
MB BS Lond(1961) MRCS LRCP(1961) DObst RCOG(1963) MRCP(1967) FRCP(1980)

Joy Edelman was a consultant physician at King George Hospital, Goodmayes, Essex, with a special interest in cardiology. She was born in London, the only daughter of Julius Edelman, a company director. She was educated at Henrietta Barnett School in north-west London, and then went on to study at University College London, carrying out her clinical studies at the London Hospital. She qualified in 1961.

She held house posts at King George Hospital (where she was to return as a consultant), the London Hospital and at St Andrew’s Hospital, Billericay. She subsequently became a medical registrar at St Andrew’s and then a junior registrar at the London Hospital, in the casualty department and then a junior medical registrar in the same hospital. In 1966, she became a registrar at the National Heart Hospital. From 1968 to 1969, she was a registrar in medicine and cardiology at the Royal Free Hospital, and from April 1969 to October 1973 a senior medical registrar rotating between the Brompton Hospital and Royal Free Hospital in general and thoracic medicine.

In 1974, she was appointed as a consultant at King George and Barking hospitals, Ilford, London. When she arrived, there was essentially no local cardiology service. She set about developing a modern and efficient service, first in the old hospital, and then in the new hospital which opened at Goodmayes in 1993, where she managed to set up a large coronary care unit and a dedicated non-invasive department. Even after officially retiring from her post in 1999, she worked to secure a cardiac catheterisation laboratory. This opened in November 2003 in an expanded department.

At a local level, she served for five years as chairman of the medical division at King George Hospital, and six years as chair of the senior medical staff committee. From 1994 to 1998, she chaired the North East Thames regional consultants and specialists committee.

At the British Medical Association (BMA) she was chair of the central manpower committee from 1992 to 1994, and of the hospital senior staff conference from 1996 to 1998. She was a member of BMA council, and in 2003 was one of the first recipients of the BMA medal for service. She was also on the council of the RCP.

She wrote papers on blood viscosity and the aetiology of deep vein thrombosis, and was a member of the editorial board of the British National Formulary.

Joy was unmarried. In her spare time she travelled the world and had a second home in Northumberland. She enjoyed the arts, particularly opera, and had a wide circle of friends. She died from ovarian cancer.

RCP editor

[Heart 2005 February; 91(2): 141; Brit.med.J., 2004; 329 688]

(Volume XII, page web)

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