Lives of the fellows

Ursula James

b.5 May 1911 d.31 August 1999
MB BS Lond(1938) MRCS LRCP(1938) MRCP(1941) FRCP(1958)

Ursula James was a consultant paediatrician in London. She was born in London, the daughter of Edward Lionel Baskeville James, a captain in the Army, and Violet née Smirthwaite. She was educated in Bournemouth, at St Martins and then Fontainebleau schools. She then studied medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, London, qualifying in 1938.

During the war, she held house posts and then a medical registrar position at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. From 1940 to 1942 she was chief clinical assistant at the Brompton Hospital. From 1940 to 1945 she was also a clinical assistant at Queens Hospital for Children.

From the end of the war, she became a consultant paediatrician in the London area, at the Victoria Hospital for Children, the Princess Louise Hospital for Children, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital and the General Lying in Hospital. She was a consultant paediatrician at Tite Street Hospital, Chelsea, and was involved in the move of the paediatric facilities to the new Tooting site.

She enjoyed photography, gardening and music, and particularly loved animals. She remained unmarried.

RCP editor


(Volume XII, page web)

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