Lives of the fellows

Timothy Daniel Heymann

b.5 October 1961 d.18 October 2016
BA Cantab(1983) MB BChir(1986) MBA INSEAD(1991) DRCOG(1992) FRCP(2002)

Timothy Daniel Heymann, known as Tim, was a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Kingston Hospital and a reader in health management at Imperial College Business School, London. He was born in Wimbledon, London into a medical family. His mother’s maiden name was Oppenheim. He attended University College School in London and went on to study medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he was president of Christ’s College Medical Society, and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1986.

He was a house physician at St Thomas’ Hospital and a house surgeon at Kingston Hospital. He then became an analyst at the management consultants McKinsey and Company for two years from 1987 to 1989. He returned to medicine as a senior house officer at the Brompton, Kingston and St Thomas’ hospitals from 1989 to 1991. He then studied for an MBA at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France, gaining a distinction. From 1993 to 1995 he was a registrar at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and subsequently a senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital.

In 1996, he was appointed to his consultant post at Kingston Hospital, where he introduced many innovations, including local services for hepatitis C, capsule endoscopy and electronic patient records.

In 1997, he joined the health management group at Imperial College Business School as a visiting fellow. He later became an honorary senior lecturer and then a reader in 2006.

He was a non-executive director of NHS Direct, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Better Regulation Commission and its successor, the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council. In 2015, he was appointed to the board of Monitor, the regulator of health services in England, as a non-executive director.

At the British Society of Gastroenterology he chaired the information committee, and also served on the clinical services and standards, programme and independent practice committees.

He died from a glioblastoma at the age of 55. He was survived by his wife Amanda (née Rowlatt), whom he had married in 1995, and their three children – Theo, Jo and Nicholas. A fund has been set up at Christ’s College in his memory to support travel projects for medical students.

RCP editor

[Healthcare Times Heymann appointed as non-executive director of Monitor 10 February 2015 – accessed 28 March 2019; BMJ 2017 356 290 – accessed 28 March 2019; BSG British Society of Gastroenterology In Memoriam: Dr Tim Heymann – accessed 28 March 2019]

(Volume XII, page web)

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