Lives of the fellows

Christopher John Moran

b.18 November 1940 d.20 January 2006
BSc Bristol(1962) MB ChB(1965) MRCP(1970) FRCP(1987)

Christopher John Moran was a consultant in rheumatology and rehabilitation at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals. He was born in Rotherham, the son of John Allan Moran, a company director, and Eva Moran, a housewife. He was educated at Rotherham Grammar School and then Bristol University, where he studied medicine.

He gained his MRCP in 1970 and then spent a year as a Medical Research Council lecturer and research fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons. Between 1972 and 1978 he was a senior medical registrar at University College Hospital, London, with a year spent during this period at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as an associate in the department of medicine. In 1978 he gained his consultant post in Dorset.

In Dorset he pioneered a scheme which used allied health professionals in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, breaking away from the doctor-led model. He used the same approach to set up Dorset’s specialist ME service, working with the local branch of the ME Association.

In 1982 he launched Pramacare, a charity with the aim of providing home care to disabled people in the Dorset area. He also worked with Disability Action, which supports younger people with long-term physical disabilities. In 1993 he was named Hospital Doctor Rheumatologist of the Year.

Outside medicine, he was one of the first dozen or so people to take up windsurfing in Poole harbour in the early 1980s.

In 1969 he married Carolyn, a school teacher. He was survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters and a grandchild.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J.,2006 332 857]

(Volume XII, page web)

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