b.14 September 1947 d.26 April 2012
MB BS Lond(1971) MRCP(1974) MD(1985) FRCP(1986)
Andrew Theodossi was a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Mayday Hospital, Croydon. He was born in Cyprus, the son of Savvas Theodossi, a hairdresser, and Angelica, a housewife. Andrew went to the United Kingdom when he was four. He was educated at Sloane Grammar School in Chelsea, and then won a place at St George’s Medical School in Hyde Park, London, qualifying MB BS in 1971.
He was a house officer in general medicine at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, and in general surgery at St George’s. He was a senior house physician at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham, and then a senior house officer at Fitzroy Nuffield Hospital. Between 1974 and 1975 he was a registrar in general medicine at Mayday Hospital, Croydon. He gained his MRCP in 1974.
Between 1975 and 1981 he was a senior registrar and clinical research fellow at the liver unit at King’s College Hospital, London, where he was awarded his MD in 1985.
In 1981 he was appointed to his consultant post at Mayday Hospital, Croydon. As a consultant he established an endoscopy unit including, for many years, a tertiary referral service for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCPs), until other hospitals in the area developed their expertise.
He was an excellent general physician and trained many junior doctors and nurses. He attracted registrars for training from afar, and a whole generation have been schooled in his method of practising medicine with compassion, thoroughness and great technical expertise.
As well as being a doctors’ doctor, he was also a nurses’ doctor, but first and foremost he was a patients’ doctor, leaving behind a legion of patients who admired him for his forthright attitude and clinical skills. They were confident that he would go to any length to provide them with excellent care. He was also a spiritual guide for many staff members in the hospital, and there were many who benefitted from the wise counsel he provided over the years. Above all, he was a generous and truly compassionate man.
Outside medicine, he was a keen actor, and a footballer at school. He also had an interest in photography and philosophy. He was a lifelong supporter of Chelsea Football Club.
He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2012 and passed away soon after. He was survived by his wife, Anne, and three sons.
(Volume XII, page web)
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