Lives of the fellows

Stanley Bernard Cohen

b.8 November 1938 d.20 October 2009
MB ChB Liverpool(1961) MRCP(1967) MD(1979) FRCP(1980)

Stanley Bernard Cohen (‘Bernard’) was a consultant physician at Walton and Fazakerley hospitals, Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, he was the son of Abraham Cohen, a general practitioner. Not only was his father medically qualified, but his brother, maternal and paternal uncles and several cousins all went into medicine and developed different specialties. Educated at Liverpool College school, he studied medicine in Liverpool, qualifying in 1961. He did house jobs in Liverpool for two years and then moved to Leeds General Infirmary in 1965 as a registrar. He stayed in Leeds until 1969 and then returned to Liverpool as a senior registrar.

In 1974 he went to the US and spent 15 months in Baltimore, Maryland as a research fellow at John’s Hopkins Hospital where he completed his MD on familial polyposis coli under Victor McKusick [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web]. He returned to the UK in 1975 to take up a consultancy in general medicine and diabetes, with an interest in maternity medicine, at the Walton and Fazakerley hospitals in Liverpool. During his career he published several papers on Bell’s palsy, familial polyposis coli, and aspects of hereditary intestinal polyposis. Passionate about undergraduate education, he regularly received appreciative communications from his former students and was still teaching a year before his death.

He loved classical music, particularly the works of Mahler and Tchaikovsky, and when he retired he went to music classes. Other pleasures were playing bridge, reading history, the company of his border collies and his mother-in-law’s cooking.

In 1972 he married Alison Margot née Glass, whose father, Alan, was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. They had three sons, Graeme, Stuart and Richard. When he died from cryptogenic hepatic fibrosis, Alison survived him, together with their sons, one of whom is a dermatologist.

RCP editor

[BMJ www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c155 - accessed 11 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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