b.20 October 1950 d.January 2011
MB BS Lond(1975) MRCP(1978) MRCPath(1987) FRCP(1993)
David Michael Swirsky was a consultant haematologist at Leeds General Hospital. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, both his father, Sydney Nathaniel Swirsky, and his grandfather were GPs and his mother, Lorna née Morrison, was a charity worker. Educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in Elstree, he studied medicine at University College London and University College Hospital (UCH).
After an initial house job at UCH, he spent a year at Liverpool Royal Infirmary from 1976 to 1977 and Northampton General Hospital from 1977 to 1978. He then returned to Liverpool as registrar in haematology at the Royal Liverpool Hospital for two years before becoming a Leukaemia Research Fund training fellow and honorary senior registrar at Cambridge University and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He remained in post as senior research associate for a further two years until 1985 when he became senior registrar in haematology at the Hammersmith and North Middlesex Hospitals.
He was appointed a senior lecturer and honorary consultant in haematology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the Hammersmith Hospital in 1989. Moving to Leeds, he then became a consultant haematologist at Leeds General Infirmary.
A member of the British Society for Haematology, he published many papers particularly on various aspects of leukaemia.
Outside medicine, he enjoyed relaxing with detective novels.
When he died in a hospice in Leeds, he was survived by his wife, Nicolle Levine, and their children Josh and Rachel.
(Volume XII, page web)
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