Lives of the fellows

Venkateswaran Mani

b.30 May 1935 d.21 April 2016
MB BS Calcutta(1962) MRCP Edin(1966) FRCP Edin(1980) FRCP(1992) FACG(1992)

Venkateswaran ('Venk') Mani was a consultant gastroenterologist for Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust. He was born in Trichur, India, but his early years were spent in Rangoon. His father, Venkateswarier Subra Mani, was a senior civil servant for the British Burmese government; his mother, Paravathi Mani, was a house wife. His childhood was disrupted by the Japanese occupation during the Second World War. He and his family lived in several places, including the hills of Shimla and in Kerala in the south. He was educated at St Paul’s High School in Rangoon, briefly studied in Palakkad in Kerala and at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, and then started medical school in Calcutta. He qualified in 1962.

He was a house physician in Calcutta and then went to the UK. He held junior posts in Dumfries, Scotland and in the north of England and the Midlands, and then decided to specialise in gastroenterology and trained in Manchester and Salford.

In August 1977, he was appointed as a consultant in general medicine and gastroenterology to Wigan Health Authority with the result of establishing a specialist gastroenterology unit. His particular interest was hepatology and inflammatory bowel disease. In 1992, he was made a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He retired in 2000, but continued to carry out endoscopies at the Royal Bolton Hospital until 2005.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed squash and tennis, and followed football and rugby league, particularly Manchester United and Wigan Warriors. He was also interested in painting, reading biographies and photography. He was fluent in many Indian languages as well as Burmese.

Once he retired, he focused on charity work, particularly the Rotary Club of Wigan, of which he was president from 2012 to 2013.

In 1972 he married Ruth Myra, a nurse. They had two children, Tara and Vasu, and four grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2016 354 5174 – accessed 19 December 2018]

(Volume XII, page web)

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