Lives of the fellows

Malcolm James Boyd

b.15 June 1947 d.18 September 2014
MB BS Lond(1969) MRCP(1972) FRCP(1991)

Malcolm Boyd was a consultant cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey. He was born in Lincoln, the second son of Robert Boyd, a publisher, and Gladys Meeson Boyd. When he was a young child, the family moved to Surrey and he was educated at Tiffin Grammar School in Kingston upon Thames. Although he was not from a medical family, he decided to become a doctor at the age of eight and gained a place at St George’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified MB BS in 1969.

He decided to train to be a cardiologist, perhaps influenced by the tragic early deaths of his father and brother from heart disease: his father died when he was just 16. During his training he was a resident medical officer at the National Heart Hospital, a senior house officer and then a registrar in the cardiac department of the London Hospital, and subsequently a registrar and senior registrar at St George’s. From 1976 to 1977 he spent a year as a physician in Papua New Guinea for Voluntary Service Overseas, where he worked in a rural hospital, treating a diverse range of conditions, including leprosy and tuberculosis, and carrying out caesarean sections and other emergency operations.

From 1982 until 2012, when he retired, he was a consultant physician and cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital. At the time of his appointment he was one of four general physicians and he worked on the general intake rota for many years. But his main interest was cardiology and he was driving force behind the establishment of Frimley’s cardiac centre. From 1997 to 1999 he was clinical director of the trust.

Over the course of his career, he developed his expertise in cardiac pacing and echocardiography and also taught echo techniques to fellow doctors and technicians. He published articles and book chapters on echocardiography, describing a novel technique he had developed using high-speed echo recordings to assess pulmonary hypertension.

Outside medicine, he was passionate about classical music. He enjoyed cycling, running and skiing, particularly in the Alps. He was an accomplished photographer.

In 1975 he married Maria Yolanta (‘Mariola’), a nurse. They had three children, Andrew and Nick, who became doctors, and Clare. He died early in his retirement, as a result of injuries incurred in a bicycle accident near his home. He was just 67. Soon after his death the angiography lab at Frimley was dedicated to his memory.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2015 350 2672 – accessed 8 February 2016; getSurrey 10 October 2014 – accessed 8 February 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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