Lives of the fellows

Nicholas Chanarin

b.9 August 1961 d.6 April 2008
MB ChB Bristol(1987) MRCP(1990) DM Southampton(1998) FRCP(2003)

Nicholas Chanarin was a clinical adviser to the National Lung Cancer Audit and a consultant respiratory physician at Colchester General Hospital. Born in London, he was the son of Israel Chanarin, who was a consultant haematologist at Northwick Park Hospital and a fellow of the RCP, and his wife, Joyce, a radiographer. He studied medicine at Bristol University and the Bristol Royal Infirmary and qualified in 1987.

He did house jobs in Southampton and Portsmouth, and spent some time as a registrar in Flinders, Adelaide, Australia. In 1998 he was appointed a consultant physician in respiratory medicine at Colchester General Hospital. As a clinical effectiveness and evaluation unit associate director he worked on the National Lung Cancer Audit. He specialised in the quality of the data for the project and was a very hands on and enthusiastic user of this information for local quality improvement. He was a popular man and influential in his field.

In 1992 he married Louise Mary (“Lou”), who was also a medical practitioner. They had three children. He developed non Hodgkin lymphoma in his early forties and, on initially making a good recovery, returned to work. The cancer recurred in 2007 and he had a bone marrow transplant which was unsuccessful. His wife survived him together with their young children, George, Ruth and Tom.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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