Lives of the fellows

Donald Bentley

b.24 April 1935 d.14 June 2016
MB ChB Bristol(1966) DCH(1968) MRCP(1971) MSc Lond(1977) FRCP(1990) FRCPCH

Donald Bentley was a consultant paediatrician at Ealing Hospital, London. He was born in London, the son of Reuben and Marie Bentley, and was educated at Upton House School. He then studied medicine at Bristol University, qualifying in 1966.

In 1971 he was a registrar in neonatal paediatrics at Hammersmith Hospital. He then became a senior house officer at Great Ormond Street. From 1973 to 1974, he was a research fellow at Harvard and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston, under the supervision of Harry Shwachman, the leading authority on cystic fibrosis. From December 1974 to July 1978, Bentley was a senior registrar in the department of paediatrics, Charing Cross Hospital, where he worked for Hugh Jolly [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.246].

In 1978 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician at Ealing. During his 17 years there he built up the department and became head of paediatrics and clinical director. He also held honorary consultant and senior lectureship posts at Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College, London, and was an examiner for the diploma in child health of the Royal College of Physicians.

He carried out research on gastro-oesophageal reflux and cot deaths, food sensitivity and abdominal migraine, among other topics, and wrote numerous papers, chapters in books and three textbooks: Clinical nutrition in paediatric disorders (Bailliere Tindall, 1988), Infant feeding and nutrition for primary care (CRC Press, 2002) and Paediatric gastroenterology and clinical nutrition (London, Remedica, 2002).

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1990, he listed his hobbies as gliding and sailing.

He was survived by his widow Elaine, a researcher he married in 1967, two sons, two daughters and two grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2016 354 5173 – accessed 28 November 2018]

(Volume XII, page web)

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