Lives of the fellows

Brenda Diana Van Leuven

b.17 November 1922 d.6 March 2004
MB BS Lond(1946) MRCP(1952) MD(1953) DMRD(1958) FRCR(1962) FRCP(1977)

Brenda Van Leuven was a consultant radiologist at St Stephen’s and St Mary Abbot’s hospitals in London. She was born in Southend, Essex, the daughter of John Henry Van Leuven, a financial manager of Shell. She was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School, and then went on to University College, London. Her clinical studies were at the West London Hospital Medical School.

She held house posts at the West London Hospital Medical Unit at Fulham Hospital, at West Middlesex Hospital and the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital. From 1949 to 1950 she was a clinical assistant to the dermatological department at Queen Mary’s Hospital for the East End. She was then an assistant resident medical officer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital. From 1953 to 1955 she was a medical registrar at West London Hospital.

She then developed pulmonary tuberculosis and spent several months in a sanatorium. She was subsequently advised to take up a less demanding post and decided to retrain in radiology. From 1956 to 1961 she was a senior house officer, registrar and then senior registrar in radiology at the Middlesex Hospital. She was then a senior registrar in radiology at the Royal Free and at the National Hospital, Queen Square. From 1964 she was a consultant radiologist to St Stephen’s and St Mary Abbot’s hospitals, Kensington and Chelsea.

In 1952 she married Howard Eaton Freeman Davies, who also became a fellow of the RCP. They had a daughter but later divorced. At the time of her election to the fellowship she stated that she had a wide range of interests, including reading, politics, travel, and particularly ‘talking with people’. She died from ovarian cancer.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2005 330 604]

(Volume XII, page web)

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