Lives of the fellows

Lindsey Dow

b.17 April 1957 d.21 November 2016
MB BS Lond(1981) MRCP(1983) DM Southampton(1991) FRCP(1996) MSc Bristol

Lindsey Dow was a consultant stroke physician at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, and then at Bristol Royal Infirmary. She was born in London, the daughter of Cicely Jean Dow née Millbank, a radiologist at St James’ and St George’s hospitals, and James Dow [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.161], a consultant gastroenterologist and general physician at St George’s Hospital. Lindsey grew up with her three siblings, Emma, Ian and Hamish, in London and went to Bedales School in Hampshire.

Lindsey studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1981. She completed her house jobs at the North Middlesex and Whittington hospitals. Lindsey then worked as a senior house officer and registrar in Lymington, Salisbury and Southampton, completing her MRCP in 1983. She then spent two years as a research fellow in the department of medicine in Southampton. Her supervisors were David Coggan and Stephen Holgate. She made an epidemiological survey of asthma in the elderly, recruiting patients from local general practices. It was during this time that Lindsey met her husband Patrick Gallagher, a consultant cardiovascular pathologist. They married in September 1988.

Between 1989 and 1992 she was a senior registrar in the department of gerontology in Oxford. During this time, she completed her DM thesis ‘Respiratory symptoms and airways disease in the elderly’.

Lindsey took up the post of consultant and senior lecturer at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol in 1992. The main focus of her clinical work was the initial care of patients with stroke and led on the development of acute stroke services for patients in the area. She was also deputy director of medical education in Bristol Medical School and for a period chair of the medical ethics committee. During this appointment, she completed an MSc in medical education at Bristol University.

In 2004 Lindsey was appointed as a consultant stroke physician at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, where she worked until 2015. She maintained her interest in medical education, teaching both undergraduate students and postgraduate trainees. Lindsey worked briefly at the Bristol Royal Infirmary from 2015, before her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in 2016.

One of Lindsey’s particular interests was medical education. In 2006, she was appointed as an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and in 2016 joined the board of international examiners for the college. Lindsey was involved in undergraduate education at Bristol University and developed an interactive learning resource on TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks) for junior doctors.

Lindsey and her husband Patrick raised their five children in Bath. Lindsey was a loving and supportive mother to Chris, Daniel, Jessica, Emily and Ally. Outside of work, she was a keen runner, dog-owner and member of multiple book clubs. Lindsey helped organise and compete in the annual Cotswold Way Relay. She held an enthusiastic attitude towards running races, claiming ‘the more mud the better’! Lindsey emanated warmth and compassion in her professional and personal life, where she has left a deep and positive impact.

Jessica Gallagher
Cicely Jean Dow
Patrick Gallagher

[BMJ 2017 356 150 – accessed 19 November 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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