Lives of the fellows

Georges Lam Shang Leen

b.25 December 1933 d.12 December 2007
MB ChB Sheffield(1960) MRCP(1970) FRCP(1986)

Georges Lam Shang Leen was an adviser in neurology to the government of Mauritius. He was born at Port Louis on the island of Mauritius, the second son of Roger and Elisabeth Lam Shang Leen. Georges studied for his higher school certificate at the Royal College, Port Louis, and won a scholarship to study medicine at the University of Sheffield. He graduated in 1960.

He held house posts in Sheffield, Warrington and Liverpool. He then decided to specialise in neurology and cardiology, becoming a registrar in neurology at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester, and then a medical registrar and a senior registrar at Walton Hospital, Liverpool. In 1971, he was a senior registrar at Cowley Road Hospital and Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford.

For personal reasons Georges returned to Mauritius in 1972 and set up an extremely successful private practice in Port Louis. He was well-known and respected all over the island. Georges was personal physician to many well-known personalities, including Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first prime minister and future governor-general of Mauritius. Georges was a deeply compassionate person, and it was not uncommon for him to accept produce in lieu of payment or for his wealthier clients to subsidise those unable to afford his services.

Georges was an adviser in neurology for the Ministry of Health in Mauritius and also served for several years in the 1980s as the chairman of Save the Children Mauritius, where he worked for the welfare of children who were deprived and who had disabilities.

In 1988, Georges emigrated with his family to Australia and set up a private practice in Canberra. He will be remembered as a man of integrity, an outstanding, compassionate and empathetic bed-side physician and a family man. He was survived by his wife, Joyce, whom he married in 1972, his three children – Ruth Wilson, David George Leen and Jonathan Paul Lam Shang Leen – and his seven grandchildren.

David George Leen

(Volume XII, page web)

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