Lives of the fellows

Elizabeth Geraldine Helen Rhodes

b.30 August 1951 d.9 September 2007
MB BS Lond(1976) MRCP UK(1978) MRCPath(1989) MD(1993) FRCP(1998) FRCPath

Elizabeth Geraldine Helen Rhodes née Morris (known as ‘Liz’) was a consultant haematologist at the Countess of Chester Hospital. She was born in Eldoret, Kenya, the daughter of Frederick Philip Morris, an eye surgeon, and Mollie Elizabeth Morris, a housewife. She was educated locally in Kenya and then at Sherborne in Dorset. She went on to study medicine at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1976.

From January to July 1977 she was a house physician at the Royal Free, working under Sheila Sherlock [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.514]. In this post she met her husband, Jonathan Rhodes, then working as a registrar on the unit. They were married in 1978.

From 1977 to 1978 she was a house surgeon at Basildon Hospital, working in general surgery and orthopaedics. She then became a house physician to Geraint James [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web] at the Royal Northern Hospital. In 1979 she began her training in haematology, initially with Victor Hoffbrand at the Royal Free and then as a part-time senior registrar in Birmingham and Liverpool while she brought up her three daughters. She was awarded the British Society for Haematology young investigator award in 1985, and gained her MD in 1993.

From 1993 she was a consultant haematologist in Chester, focusing particularly on haematological malignancy. Sadly, she had to take early retirement in 2001.

She and her husband, who became professor of medicine at Liverpool, had three daughters, Meriel, Jennifer and Freya. Liz Rhodes died in an accident at home and was survived by her family.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2008 336 283; Wirral Globe 6 December 2007 www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/1885198.print/ – accessed 25 September 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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