Lives of the fellows

Paul Dyson

b.28 March 1947 d.6 June 2015
BSc Newcastle(1969) PhD(1973) MB BS(1980) MRCP(1983) FRCR(1986) FRCP(2000)

Paul Dyson was a consultant radiotherapist and oncologist at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. He was born in Wakefield and was educated at Hemsworth Grammar School in the city. He went on to Newcastle University, where he studied zoology, gaining a BSc in 1969 and a PhD in 1973 with a thesis on pulmonary neoplasia. He then decided to go to medical school, combining his studies with a series of evening jobs to pay his way. He qualified in 1980 with a distinction.

He was a house surgeon at Ashington Hospital, Northumberland, and a house physician at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon. In 1981, he returned to Newcastle, where he was a senior house officer on the medical rotation. From 1983 to 1986, he was a registrar in radiotherapy and oncology at Newcastle General Hospital. He then spent another five years there as a senior registrar.

In December 1991, he was appointed as a consultant in clinical oncology for Carlisle Hospitals NHS Trust. From 1997 to 2000 he was lead cancer clinician. He promoted organised audit for oncology patients in north Cumbria, and helped set up the specialist breast cancer services in Carlisle. He was chairman of the medical staff committee at Cumberland Infirmary.

As a young trainee doctor Dyson had been treated for lung cancer, and was twice affected by recurrent cancer during his professional life.

Outside medicine he had many interests, including computing, history and animal husbandry. He lived on a smallholding with his family, where he raised sheep, horses, chickens, turkey, pheasant and other animals.

Paul Dyson died from recurrent lymphoma. He was survived by his widow Sandra, their children (Liam, Euan and Hebe) and two children (Graham and Claire) from a previous marriage.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2015 351 5025 www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h5025?hwoasp=authn%3A1501571576%3A1019339%3A1454528928%3A0%3A0%3AhYVStNiEHw301bsHh4%2BC0g%3D%3D – accessed 31 July 2017; News and Star nd www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Tributes-paid-after-sudden-death-of-hospital-cancer-consultant-d4ba1dd9-de32-425e-abaf-06ce8704cb64-ds – accessed 31 July 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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