Lives of the fellows

Denis Elliot Sharvill

b.5 March 1920 d.November 2003
MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1950) FRCP(1970)

Denis Elliot Sharvill was a consultant dermatologist at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. He was born in Staines, the son of Frank Sharvill, a commercial traveller, and Maud Ethel Sharvill née Clayton, the daughter of a civil servant. He was educated at Lexden House, Eastbourne, and then Hurstpierpoint. He went on to study medicine at King’s College, London, qualifying in 1942. He was then a resident surgical officer on the private wing of King’s College Hospital.

Between 1943 and 1948 he was a major in the RAMC, serving as an officer in charge of a 350 bed military hospital, and an adviser on dermatology and venereology to the East Africa Command.

In 1948, following his demobilisation, he returned to King’s, as a registrar and then a senior registrar in dermatology. From 1950 he also held the post of clinical assistant at St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. In 1955 he was appointed to his post as a consultant dermatologist and venereologist to the south east Kent, Canterbury and Isle of Thanet hospital groups.

He was a member of the south east Kent hospital management committee and of the academic committee of Kent Postgraduate Centre. He was also on the council of the section of dermatology of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He had a lifelong interest in photography, a skill he used in his professional life, taking photographs of skin diseases to a high standard.

In 1947 he married Margaret, the daughter of a mining engineer. They had four children.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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