Lives of the fellows

Elisabeth Mary Higgins

b.21 March 1958 d.8 October 2016
BA Cantab(1979) MB BS Lond(1982) MRCP(1985) FRCP(1999)

Elisabeth Higgins was a consultant dermatologist at King's College Hospital, London and for many years head of the department. She was born in Bath, the daughter of Canon John Higgins and Jean Mary Higgins née Carter. She was educated at Sutton High School and went on to Clare College, Cambridge to read medicine and undertook her clinical training at Westminster Hospital. She qualified in 1982.

She held house jobs at Westminster Hospital and then held a medical senior house officer post at Southampton. She then became a senior house officer in the dermatology department at Guy’s Hospital. In 1986, she went to Newcastle for her registrar training, working under Sam Shuster. Three years later she was appointed as a senior registrar at King’s College Hospital, London and in 1994 went on to a consultant post there.

As a senior registrar she researched the link between alcohol and psoriasis, and also developed an interest in paediatric dermatology, co-writing a textbook Skin disease in childhood and adolescence (Oxford, Blackwell Scientific, 1996).

She was committed to improving the training of dermatologists; she was a member of the dermatology specialist advisory committee of Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board for a decade and vice chair from 2015. She was president of the St John’s Dermatological Society from 2003 to 2004 and was due to serve as president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s section of dermatology in 2017.

In 1989 she married Christopher Chandler, a neurosurgeon at King’s, and they had three sons. She was diagnosed with a tumour in her maxillary sinus in 2006 and died in 2016, aged just 58.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2017 357 546 – accessed 9 April 2019; British Journal of Dermatology Vol 176 (5) – May 1, 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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