Lives of the fellows

David Graeme Sinclair

b.20 March 1958 d.15 May 2016
MB ChB Birm(1981) MRCP(1987) MD(1996) FRCP(1998)

David Graeme Sinclair was a consultant chest physician at Torbay Hospital. He was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the son of Alistair Sinclair, chief medical officer of the British Steel Corporation, and Colleen Sinclair, a research nurse. He grew up in south Wales and was educated at Duffryn High School in Newport, Gwent. He went on to study medicine at Birmingham University. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1978 and qualified in 1981.

After house posts in Birmingham, he trained at Sandhurst and then spent two years in Fallingbostel, Germany, with the Queen’s Regiment. He also took part in a tour of Northern Ireland and during the first Gulf War was in Saudi Arabia for six months. He later spent four months in Angola on a peacekeeping mission.

He undertook further training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot. He decided to specialise in respiratory medicine and trained at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where he also gained his MD. From 1994 to 1995, he was a consultant physician at Aldershot.

In 1996 he left the Army to become a consultant physician in respiratory and intensive care medicine at Torbay Hospital. He soon became interested in HIV medicine and built up a large HIV service in Torbay and Exeter. He also took on leadership roles within the trust – including clinical director of medicine, director of cancer services, deputy director and then interim medical director. He was involved with the Peninsula Medical School, becoming subdean, and also ran a successful medico-legal practice.

David enjoyed good food, wine, whisky, ballroom dancing and rugby, and had a serious interest in cars. He was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma in October 2015. He was survived by his second wife, Mel Hearn, a consultant anaesthetist, two children from his first marriage (to André Denige) and three stepchildren. The oncology centre at Torbay Hospital has been named in his honour.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2016 354 4566 – accessed 15 May 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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