Lives of the fellows

Derek Malise Leslie Doran

b.14 December 1914 d.23 February 2008
BA Oxon(1937) MRCS LRCP(1940) BM BCh(1947) DPhysMed(1948) MRCP(1953) FRCP(1971)

Derek Malise Leslie Doran was a consultant physician in the department of rheumatology and physical medicine at West Middlesex Hospital, London. One of the first generation of NHS doctors, he initiated significant advances in the field of physical medicine.

Born in Glasgow, he was the son of Joseph Leslie Doran, a chartered accountant and his wife, Edith Mary née Herbertson, who was the daughter of James Brenner Herbertson, a company director. He was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond and studied medicine at Pembroke College, Oxford and St Thomas' Hospital.

During the Second World War he joined the RNVR as a surgeon lieutenant and was posted on destroyers from 1941 to 1945, with a break on land at the Royal Naval Hospital in Liverpool from 1943 to 1944. He served on HMS Southdown in the North Sea and HMS Versatile in the Atlantic.

He qualified in 1947 and did house jobs at the Royal Hospital Berkshire, followed by the St Helier Hospital in Carshalton. At the West Middlesex Hospital he was appointed consultant physician in the department of rheumatology and physical medicine in 1948. He published widely in his field, including articles on the manipulation of joints, on spinal injuries and on the mechanical and postural causes of chest pain. A founder member of the British Association of Physiotherapists, he was also a director of the school of physiotherapy at the West Middlesex Hospital, and an examiner for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

While at Oxford he represented the university at boxing from 1935 to 1937, captaining the team in 1937. The following year he was united hospitals champion. His favourite pastimes in later years were sailing and building.

In 1941, he married Joan Alice née Hayley, the daughter of Alec Charles, a company director. They had three sons Peter, Robert and Christopher, and a daughter, June.

When he died, he was survived by Joan, their children and grandchildren.

RCP editor

[The Times 22 April 2008]

(Volume XII, page web)

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