Lives of the fellows

Thomas Desmond Hawkins

b.22 May 1923 d.2 January 2015
MRCS LRCP(1946) MB BS Lond(1949) DMRD(1957) FFR(1959) MRCP(1972) FRCR(1975) FRCP(1979) MPhil

Thomas Desmond Hawkins was a consultant neuroradiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and clinical dean of Cambridge University’s school of clinical medicine from 1979 to 1984. He studied medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, qualifying with the conjoint diploma in 1946. As a student he helped treat casualties from the Normandy landings and was later part of one of the first medical teams to enter Belsen concentration camp after its liberation.

After the war he trained in radiology in Oxford and Manchester, where he was a senior registrar in radio-diagnosis at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

In 1960 he was appointed to his post at Addenbrooke’s. In early October 1961 the first patients were admitted to the new hospital site and Hawkins was part of the first unit to go into operation. He became a pioneer in interventional neuroradiology, becoming the first to treat carotid-cavernous fistulae with balloons occulsion. He received referrals from across the UK and Europe. From 1979 and 1984 he was clinical dean of Cambridge University’s school of clinical medicine.

In 1988 he retired from clinical practice. During his retirement he studied for an MPhil in archaeology and, from 1989 to 1993, served as president of Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

RCP editor

[School of Clinical Medicine Featured Articles Dr Thomas Desmond Hawkins January 19, 2015 – accessed 10 August 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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