Lives of the fellows

David Francis Hemsley Gueret Wardle

b.29 May 1943 d.27 December 2006
MRCS LRCP(1966) MB BS Lond(1966) PhD(1972) MRCP(1973) FRCP(1999)

David Francis Hemsley Guéret Wardle was an honorary consultant physician and medical oncologist at Hammersmith Hospital, London. He was born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, the son of Paul Gabriel Guéret Wardle, who was an electrical engineer, an industrial consultant and a company director. His mother‘s name was Doreen Patricia. He studied medicine at London University and Guy’s Hospital.

After qualifying in 1966 he did house jobs at New Cross and Guy’s hospitals in London. He spent nine months in Paris at the American Hospital as resident medical officer in 1968. The following year he joined the staff of St Bartholomew’s Hospital as clinical lecturer and registrar in general medicine and oncology. He stayed there until 1972, when he started doing locum work while working for his MRCP. Appointed registrar in general medicine and gastroenterology at Northwick Park Hospital in December 1973, he became senior registrar two years later. He remained at Northwick Park until 1978 when he left to work in Harley Street. He became medical director and principal of the London Diagnostic Imaging Centre and London Oncology Centre. Early in 1984 he was appointed honorary consultant physician and medical oncologist at the Hammersmith Hospital. He was also physician to the London Oncology and Marrow Transplant Group.

In 1999 he married his second wife, Suzan, who was an actress. She appeared in the BBC series Doctors about events in a Birmingham medical practice. Guéret Wardle had met her when he treated her father and he also treated the rock star, Ian Dury, for his liver cancer, gaining a brief mention in Dury’s biography. Suzan survived him, along with the children of his first marriage, Marie-Louise and Alexander, who is also medically qualified.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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