Lives of the fellows

James Sharkey

b.18 November 1917 d.10 December 2004
BSc Lond(1939) MB BS(1942) MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1944) FRCP(1972)

James Sharkey was a consultant physician in the Staffordshire area. He was born in Stockton-on-Tees, the son of John Sharkey, a publican, and Henrietta née Weastell. He was educated at Stockton-on-Tees Secondary School and, in 1935, gained an entrance scholarship to St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London. While he was a student he won further prizes, including the William Tite and the physiology scholarships. He gained a BSc in physiology in 1939 and qualified in 1942.

During the Second World War he held a series of junior posts at St Thomas’, as a casualty officer, house physician and senior medical casualty officer. In 1943 he was appointed as a medical registrar and, from 1945 to 1946, he was a resident assistant physician at St Thomas’.

From November 1946 to October 1948 he was a medical specialist in the RAMC, attaining the rank of major. During this period he was the commanding officer of the British Commonwealth Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

After his military service he returned to St Thomas’, becoming a medical registrar to the cardiac department. He was then appointed as a consultant physician to the Burton-on-Trent and Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield hospital groups, where he remained until he retired.

Outside medicine he enjoyed gardening, shooting, geology and golf.

In 1957 he married Mary Elizabeth née Casey. He had three sons (Edward, John and Chris) and a daughter (Anne). Chris and Anne predeceased him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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