Lives of the fellows

Peter Berman

b.23 April 1953 d.11 August 2007
MB BS Lond(1976) MRCP(1979) FRCP(1994)

Peter Berman was a consultant geriatrician and director of the stroke unit at Nottingham City Hospital. He was born in London, the son of Henry James Berman, a schoolmaster, and Joan Berman, chair of the eastern division of the charity Mencap.

He was educated at Ramsey Abbey Grammar School and then University College London. He qualified MB BS in 1976 and was a house officer in Northampton. In 1978 he was a senior house officer at University College Hospital and then at Bath. From 1980 to 1982 he was a registrar in medicine at Bristol Royal Infirmary, and subsequently became a senior registrar in medicine and geriatrics in Oxford. In 1986 he was appointed as a consultant physician in the care of the elderly at Nottingham City Hospital.

Shortly after his appointment, he carried out a randomised controlled trial, showing the benefits of care within a specialist stroke unit. Under his directorship, the Nottingham stroke unit became a beacon of good practice. He was a member of the executive committee of the British Association of Stroke Physicians.

At the Royal College of Physicians he was an examiner from 1999 to 2006.

Outside medicine, he was interested in travel, cycling, railways, history and archaeology.

In 1980 he married Benedicte (‘Ditte’) Lawrence Parsons, a general practitioner. They had three sons, James, Olly and Alex.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2007 335 1161]

(Volume XII, page web)

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