Lives of the fellows

Derek Wyndham Hariram Zutshi

b.30 April 1930 d.14 February 2007
MB ChB Bristol(1957) DObst RCOG(1959) MRCP UK(1967) FRCP(1991) Hon LLD(1999)

Derek Wyndham Hariram Zutshi was a consultant rheumatologist and a senior medical officer at the Department of Health and Social Security. He was born in London, the son of Lambodha Zutshi, a consulting mining engineer and geologist whose family had been advisers to the maharajas of Kashmir for generations, and Eileen Dorothy Wyndham Zutshi née Lord, a housewife. His brother also became a doctor.

Zutshi was educated at the Convent of Our Lady of Sion and Montpelier College, Brighton, and then, during the Second World War, he went to India, where he attended Clarence High School, Bangalore, and Cathedral High School, Bombay. At the end of the war, he returned to Britain and went to Epsom College, Surrey, and then the Northern Polytechnic in London. In 1949 he began studying medicine at Bristol University. He was Bristol secretary of the National Union of Students from 1952 to 1953 and was elected president of the union for 1953 to 1954, but was injured in a motorcycle accident and could not take up his role.

Zutshi graduated MB ChB in 1957, held house posts at Bristol Royal Infirmary and at Southmead Hospital, and was then a senior house officer at Llandough Hospital, Cardiff. From 1963 to 1965 he was a medical registrar at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in Taplow. He then joined the Medical Research Council’s rheumatics research unit, also at Taplow, as a registrar. In 1968 he became a senior registrar in rheumatology and physical medicine at the London Hospital.

From 1973 to 1977 he was medical director of the school of physiotherapy and a consultant in rheumatology at the Prince of Wales’ General Hospital. He then joined the Department of Health and Social Security, as a senior medical officer in the medicines division (from 1977 to 1982) and subsequently in the communicable diseases division (from 1982 to 1986). He was an examiner for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the College of Occupational Therapists, and an adviser to the World Health Organization. He also had a large private rheumatology practice in Harley Street. He was a council member of the British Association for Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.

Zutshi was also interested in medical history; he served on the council of the Hunterian Society from 1978 to 1996, was treasurer between 1979 and 1992, and president from 1993 to 1994. He was also an active member and liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

Outside medicine, he was chairman of the board of trustees of a Hindu cultural centre in London. He was a member of the court of the University of Bristol and a member of the standing committee of convocation from 1981 to 2006. In 1988 he was elected chairman of convocation. He listed music, travel, archaeology and higher education as his hobbies and interests.

In 1974 he married Marguerite Elizabeth Smith [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web], who also became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. A Zutshi-Smith scholarship and lecture have been established at the University of Bristol in their memory. The scholarship covers the full cost for an Indian student to undertake a PhD; the biennial lecture is on international relations, religious tolerance and conflict resolution.

RCP editor

[Bristol University News from the university Dr Derek Zutshi, 1930-2007 – accessed 13 October 2014; Zutshi, Derek Wyndham Hariram – Epsom College Archive – accessed 13 October 2014; University of Bristol fees and funding Zutshi-Smith scholarship – accessed 13 October 2014; University of Bristol public and ceremonial events office Zutshi-Smith Memorial Lecture – accessed 13 October 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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