Lives of the fellows

David Michael Roberts

b.9 September 1931 d.4 February 2006
MB BS Lond(1954) MRCP Edin(1965) MD(1971) FRCP Edin(1975) MRCP(1978) FRCP(1985)

Major General David Michael Roberts was a former director of Army medicine. He was born in London and was educated at Emanuel School, London, and the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. He qualified MB BS in 1954.

After house appointments in London he took a short service commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, which was soon converted to a regular commission. He spent four years in Germany, including a period as a regimental medical officer, and then began specialist training as a gastroenterologist in London, Hong Kong, Catterick and Münster. He passed his membership examination of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1965.

In 1970 he returned to Hong Kong as a consultant physician at the British Military Hospital. During this period he also completed his MD thesis on the effects of alcohol on dyspepsia and the structure of gastric mucosa.

After a further short tour in Germany, in 1975 he was appointed to the joint chair of military medicine at the Royal Army Medical College Millbank and the Royal College of Physicians. From 1981 to 1984 he served in Germany again as a senior consultant physician. From 1984 to 1988 he was director of Army medicine and honorary physician to the Queen.

At the Royal College of Physicians he was an examiner in tropical medicine from 1981 to 1988.

After he retired from the Army, he was appointed as a medical officer at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down. He then completely changed direction and, with the help of his family, opened an equestrian centre at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. The business was sold in 1996 and he finally moved to Donhead St Andrew, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he developed his interest in painting, becoming chairman of the local art group.

In 1964 he married Angela, a nursing sister, and they had a son and two daughters.

RCP editor

[Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Obituaries: Major General David Michael Roberts, RAMC, FRCP Edin – accessed 27 January 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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