b.9 December 1944 d.25 February 2005
BSc Newcastle(1966) MB BS(1969) DPhil Oxon(1973) MRCP(1976) FRCP(1991)
Dennis Parker was a consultant oncologist at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, and co-director of the clinical oncology unit at Bradford University. He was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, the son of Herbert Parker, the managing director of a retail firm, and Mabel Eveline Parker, a housewife. He was educated at Giggleswick School and then went on to Newcastle University. At Newcastle he gained a first class BSc degree in anatomy and a Goyder scholarship, and qualified in 1969.
He held house posts at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, and then went to Oxford, where he carried out research on bilharzia and gained a doctorate in cell control mechanisms. He was a registrar (medicine) at Ninewells Hospitals, Dundee, and then the first Gordon Hamilton Fairley fellow in medical oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Dennis Parker then decided to return to his native Yorkshire. He was a senior registrar at Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds. He was appointed to his post as a consultant physician at Bradford in 1973. In 1990 he became the co-director of the clinical oncology unit.
He published 44 original papers, together with several book chapters.
Outside medicine, he had many interests, including natural history, the herbal origins of drugs, ornithology and gardening.
He was married to Susan Elizabeth Parker, a social worker. They had one daughter, Imogen. He died from a glioblastoma.
[Brit.med.J., 2005 330 1334]
(Volume XII, page web)
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