Lives of the fellows

Natarajan Krishnaraj

b.8 April 1956 d.?
MB BS Madras(1979) DTCD(1984) MD(1987) MRCP(1995) FRCP(2010) MRCP Edin

Natarajan Krishnaraj was a consultant physician in respiratory medicine at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He was born in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India, the son of Darmalingam and Sarojini Natarajan. He was educated at GHM School in Salem and CN College, Erode and went on to study medicine at Madras University, gaining his MB BS in 1979.

He was a house surgeon at the Government Stanley Hospital in Madras and then, in September 1980, joined the Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital, also in Madras, as a senior resident house officer and subsequently as an assistant medical officer.

He then returned to Madras Medical College to study for his diploma in tuberculosis and chest diseases. From July 1984 to May 1985 he was an assistant medical officer at the G Kuppusamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore. In May 1985, he returned to Madras Medical College to obtain his MD, gaining the Professor Krishnasamy gold medal as the top student.

From May 1987 to September 1988, he was a registrar at Apollo Hospitals, Madras, working in the department of general medicine and cardiology. He then returned to his home town, Salem, as a registrar at SKS Hospital.

His subsequent career was in the UK. He was a senior house officer in general medicine and on the acute elderly care wards at Hartlepool General Hospital, and then a registrar in internal medicine and respiratory medicine at South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough.

From 1997 to 2001, he was a staff grade physician in internal and respiratory medicine at South Cleveland Hospital. He was then a locum consultant in respiratory and internal medicine at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and, from 2002 to 2006, an associate specialist in respiratory medicine. In 2006, he was appointed as a consultant physician in respiratory medicine at the James Cook Hospital. He had special interests in bronchoscopy, bronchiectasis and airways disease.

Also in 2006 he gained a diploma in oncology from the University of Newcastle. He was a member of the British Thoracic Society and the North East Thoracic Society.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed country walking, watching cricket, cooking and participating in interfaith group meetings. He was married to Nirmala Devi Krishnaraj and they had two children.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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