b.23 August 1929 d.23 June 2004
MB BS Madras(1953) DTM&H(1957) TDD(1958) MRCP(1967) FRCP(1986)
Valiyezhuth Krishnankutty Jayaram, known as ‘J’, was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine in Chester. He was born in Mattancherry, Kerala, India, the son of Valiyezhuth Krishnankutty, a tea planter, and Kausalya Krishnankutty, a housewife. He was educated at St Thomas’ High School in Trichur, Kerala, and then at the Magaraja’s College, Ernakulam. He qualified from the University of Madras in 1953.
He held house posts at the Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum, between 1953 and 1955. In 1956 he went to the UK, as a senior house officer in chest medicine in Northampton and at the Whittington Hospital, London. During this period he passed diplomas in tropical medicine and hygiene, and in tubercular diseases.
Between January 1959 and December 1960, he worked as a maleriologist with the World Health Organization, based at Surabaya, Indonesia.
In 1961, he returned to the UK, as a registrar in medicine and geriatrics at South Western Hospital, London. He was then a registrar in general medicine in Merthyr Tydfil, and subsequently a registrar in chest medicine at Worthing Hospital. Between 1967 and 1970 he was a medical assistant in geriatrics at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds. In March 1970 he was appointed to his consultant post in Chester.
He founded the Chester branch of The Stroke Association. He was a member of the British Geriatrics Society and the British Heart Foundation.
Outside medicine, he was interested in photography, stamp collecting, DIY and gardening.
He married Sujatha Jayaram, a medical practitioner, in 1960. They had two sons, one a paediatrician, the other an ophthalmologist, and two grandchildren.
[Brit.med.J.2004 329 1242]
(Volume XII, page web)
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