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Sir Terence English KBE FRCS FRCP, highly respected Cardiothoracic Surgeon, will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for a conversation about his medical career and early beginnings in South Africa, how he helped pave the way for heart and lung transplantations in the UK and Europe, and his charity work.
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Sir Terence was born in South Africa in1932 and educated at Hilton College in Natal. He then studied Mining Engineering at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. However, shortly before completing his Bsc Engineering he decided he would be a better doctor and an unexpected inheritance enabled him to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London.
After qualification, he specialised in cardiac surgery and was appointed Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon to Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals in Cambridge in 1973. Having become aware of the good results being achieved with heart transplantation at Stanford University in California, he decided that this procedure should be made available for British patients. This led, in due course, to Papworth becoming a leading centre in Europe for transplantation of the heart and lungs.
In 1989 he was elected President of The Royal College of Surgeons and was later described in the BMJ publication (1997) “With Head and Heart and Hands” as, “perhaps the best President of the medical Royal Colleges since the war”. Shortly before his retirement from Papworth, he was appointed Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1993; Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 1995, and in the same year became President of the British Medical Association.
He is an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College and Hughes College in Cambridge, Worcester College Oxford and King’s College London. He also holds 12 other Honorary Fellowships from medical colleges and Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Sussex, Hull, Nantes, Mahidol (Thailand), Witwatersrand and Oxford Brookes.
Following retirement in 2000 he has remained actively involved with several charities including the Primary Trauma Care Foundation which delivers courses in trauma care to rural doctors in developing countries such as Pakistan and Gaza. He has also enjoyed participating in long distance 4X4 “adventure drives” to remote parts of the world.
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