Lives of the fellows

David Graham Leaver

b.10 December 1940 d.2 February 2003
MB BChir Cantab(1966) MRCP(1968) MD(1973) FRCP(1981)

David Graham Leaver was a consultant physician at Queen Mary’s University Hospital, Roehampton, and St George’s Healthcare Trust. He was born in Blackpool, the son of Francis Joseph Leaver, a cost accountant, and his wife, Elsie. David was educated at Rugby, before going to Queens’ College, Cambridge. He carried out his clinical studies at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School.

After house officer posts at St Thomas’ and Brompton hospitals, he was a registrar at the National Heart Hospital (from 1967 to 1969). He was then a registrar at Hammersmith Hospital and a medical tutor at the Postgraduate Medical School of London. He subsequently became a senior registrar at King’s College (from 1971 to 1974). In July 1974 he was appointed as a consultant physician with a special interest in thoracic medicine at Roehampton. He went on to introduce a full pulmonary function service, including fibre-optic bronchoscopy, and established a coronary care unit and a non-invasive cardiology service. He was associate postgraduate dean for the south Thames region.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed music, especially opera and chamber music, and was an accomplished violinist. In 1970 he married Parveen June Kumar, the daughter of Cyril Proshumo Kumar, an economic adviser. She became a gastroenterologist, holding a chair at Bart’s, and was academic vice-president at the Royal College of Physicians and president of the Royal Society of Medicine. They had two daughters, Rachel and Susannah. David Leaver died from renal cell carcinoma.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2003 326 886]

(Volume XII, page web)

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