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Biographical entry Senior, Michael Arthur (1962 - 2011)

BDS Leeds 1984; MB BS; FDS 1995; FRCS 1999; FRCS Plast 2007.

2 January 1962
3 February 2011
Plastic surgeon


Michael Arthur Senior was a consultant plastic surgeon at the Canniesburn unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He began his career as a dentist; he qualified BDS in Leeds in 1984, spent four years in Bradford as a dentist, and worked in the oral surgery department at Bradford Hospital.

He then decided to study medicine at Leeds, and to specialise in plastic surgery. He held training posts in Leeds, Wakefield, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Manchester and Preston, and gained his FRCS in 1999. In 2002 he became a specialist registrar in Aberdeen, and completed his training at the Canniesburn unit, Glasgow.

In March 2007 he passed his intercollegiate exam in plastic surgery (FRCS Plast), but just six weeks later, at the age of 45, he was found to have a sarcoma of the heart. After heart surgery, he returned to work and was appointed consultant plastic surgeon at Canniesburn in December 2007. He worked full-time for a further 18 months, but in 2009 the cancer returned. He had a heart transplant in June 2010 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, managed to return to work, but retired in January 2011 after lung metatases were diagnosed.

Michael Arthur Senior died on 3 February 2011, aged 49. He was survived by his wife Zoe, four sons and a daughter.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2011 343 7041].

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