Lives of the fellows

Michael James Toop

b.9 July 1953 d.14 October 2015
BA Cantab(1975) BChir(1978) MB(1979) MRCP(1982) MRCPath(1986) FRCPath(1996) FRCP(2008)

Michael James Toop was a consultant chemical pathologist in Harrogate with an interest in diabetes and endocrinology. He was born in London. His father, Thomas Leslie Toop, was a surveyor; his mother, Joyce Jessie Toop, was an accounts clerk. His brother, Les Toop, went on to be professor of general practice in Christchurch, New Zealand. Toop was educated at Tiffin Boys’ School, Kingston-upon-Thames, and then won an entrance scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School.

He held house officer posts at Frimley Park and St Thomas’ hospitals. From 1979 to 1980 he was a senior house officer in accident and emergency medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital. For the next two years, he was a senior house officer on the general medical rotation in Leicester. He was then a registrar in chemical pathology at Leicester Royal Infirmary and subsequently a senior registrar in chemical pathology on the West Midlands Rotation. From 1986, he was a consultant in chemical pathology at Harrogate, where he set up and ran the hyperlipidaemia service.

After he retired, he joined Airedale NHS Foundation Trust as a non-executive director.

Outside medicine he was interested in photography, hillwalking and fishing.

In 1982 he married Eileen Cox, a doctor. They had two children – Alice and Liam.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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