Lives of the fellows

Joseph Denis Edwards

b.5 February 1949 d.12 July 2012
MB ChB Edin(1971) MRCP(1974) FRCP(1988)

Joseph Denis Edwards was a consultant physician and director of the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of South Manchester. He was born in Manchester, the son of Francis Edwards, a labourer, and Mary Eileen Edwards, a machinist. He was educated at Cardinal Langley Grammar School in Manchester and then studied medicine at Edinburgh University, qualifying MB ChB in 1971 with a distinction in medicine. He was also captain of the Edinburgh University boxing team.

From 1971 to 1972 he was a house officer at the Whittington Hospital, London. He then became a senior house officer in chest medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. For two years, from 1974, he was a medical registrar at North Manchester General Hospital. He was subsequently a senior registrar at Manchester Royal Infirmary and the University Hospital of South Manchester.

In 1982 he was appointed as a consultant physician with an interest in intensive care at the University Hospital of South Manchester. From 1986 he was also director of the intensive care unit there. He was a member of the United Kingdom Intensive Care Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a founder member and secretary of the Northern Critical Care Society, and co-founder and vice chairman of the South Manchester Accident Rescue Team.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1988 he listed his interests as rock climbing and weight training.

In 1974 he married Susan Kathryn Edwards, a company director. They had four children.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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