b.3 October 1950 d.6 May 2008
MB ChB Manch(1974) MRCP(1977) FRCP(1996) FRCPCH
Jacqueline Sarah Benton, who was always known as 'Sarah', was a consultant paediatric neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She studied medicine at Manchester University, qualifying in 1974.
After working as a registrar and training in neurology at the Institute for Neurology in London, she went to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to complete her training. She was appointed the first consultant paediatric neurologist at the Royal London Hospital in 1988 and worked hard to develop the service, holding outreach clinics at several East London and Essex hospitals. Appointed clinical director of paediatric services in 1990, she stayed there for six years.
Moving back to GOSH in 1997, she became clinical director of neurosciences. Her particular expertise was in the treatment of headache and in medical ethics and she was acknowledged to be an outstanding paediatric neurologist. Colleagues found her support invaluable when dealing with young patients with complex neurodisabilities and also ethical issues involving children. Appointed regional deanery advisor in paediatric neurology for North Thames in 2003, she was on the council of the British Paediatric Neurology Association.
When she died from pancreatic cancer, she was survived by her husband, Michael, and daughter, Grace.
[BMJ 2008 337 1638 - www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a1638 - accessed 9 December 2015]
(Volume XII, page web)
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