Lives of the fellows

Nyuh Tin

b.18 May 1937 d.? 2006
MB BS Rangoon(1959) MRCP Edin(1966) MRCP Glasg(1966) FRCP Edin(1980) FRCP(1996)

Nyun Tin was a consultant physician and senior lecturer in Leeds. He was born in Rangoon, the son of U Tin, who worked as a high ranking official in the Indian Civil Service, and Daw Nyun Nyun, a housewife. He attended St Paul’s Grammar School in Rangoon, gaining a gold medal for coming first in the country in the university matriculation exams. He attended Rangoon University and qualified MB BS in 1959 with a distinction.

He held a house physician post at Rangoon University Teaching Hospital, and was then a senior house officer, and subsequently a registrar and assistant lecturer in medicine, in the professorial unit, Rangoon.

In 1964 he went to the UK on a state scholarship for postgraduate training. He held posts at the Brompton Hospital, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and City Hospital, and Stockton and Thornaby Hospital. In 1966 he gained his MRCP from the Edinburgh and Glasgow colleges.

In 1967 he returned to Rangoon as a senior registrar and lecturer at Rangoon General Hospital. From 1968 to 1972 he was a consultant physician to the Northern Command Hospital in Myitkyina. He then became a consultant physician and director of thoracic medicine at Rangoon General Hospital, and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Rangoon. He was also an adviser to and a national delegate to the World Health Organization.

In 1980 Tin moved with his family to the UK. After a year in general practice, he became a consultant physician in geriatric medicine and a senior clinical lecturer at Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and the University of Leeds. At the General Infirmary he developed the department for elderly care, and also the community outreach day hospital in south Leeds. He was chairman of the committee of geriatricians at Leeds General Infirmary.

He wrote papers on, among other topics, bronchial carcinoma, asthma, tuberculosis, cerebral malaria, Japanese encephalitis and thymectomy in myasthenia gravis. Within geriatric medicine, he had a particular interest in the neurological rehabilitation of the elderly.

He retired from his Leeds post in 2000, but continued as a part-time locum at St George’s Hospital, London, until 2005.

In 1965 he married Kyu Kyu Kin, a French teacher and lecturer. They had two sons and a daughter.

RCP editor

[The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh www.rcpe.ac.uk/obituary/dr-nyun-tin-frcp-edin – accessed 27 February 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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