Lives of the fellows

Anna Elisabeth Maria Vreeburg

b.20 August 1946 d.25 June 2015
MB BS Leiden(1967) MD(1969) DGM(2001) FRCP(2006)

Anna Elizabeth Maria Vreeburg, known as ‘Annelies’, was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine with an interest in stroke at City General Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire. She was born in Leiden in the Netherlands, the daughter of Petrus Bernardus Vreeburg, a watchmaker, and Elizabeth Maria Vreeburg née Goddÿn, a clerk. She attended St Agneslyceum in Leiden and, from 1964 to 1969, studied medicine at the University of Leiden. She then spent two years at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

From 1971 she held senior house officer and medical officer posts in the Netherlands. From November 1973 to December 1976 she worked as a medical officer at Saint Rafaël’s Hospital, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

She then returned to the Netherlands, where she trained as a specialist in general medicine, completing her training in May 1982. After a few months as a junior staff member in intensive care, she went to Zambia, as a medical officer and then senior medical officer at the Salvation Army Hospital, Chikankata, and stayed until September 1991.

On her return to the Netherlands she was a consultant in internal medicine in Spijkenisse for just over a year and then, from 1993 to 1996, a locum consultant in internal medicine at Van Weel-Bethesda Hospital, Dirksland.

In November 1996 she went to the UK, where she was a locum registrar in the care of the elderly at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. In 1997, she was accepted on to the higher medical training rotation in geriatric medicine in the West Midlands. She completed her formal training in November 2001 and obtained her certificate of completion of specialist training in April 2002. During the same period, she obtained a diploma in geriatric medicine from Keele University.

From 2002 she worked on the springfield unit at the City General Hospital, and was appointed as a consultant in geriatric medicine with an interest in stroke from February 2003.

She enjoyed classical music (including playing the violin and singing), reading (history, fiction and developments in science), cycling and walking. She was a founding member of her hospital orchestra.

Annelies Vreeburg died from renal cell carcinoma.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2015 351 6621 – accessed 31 July 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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