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Biographical entry Smyth, Brian Turbett (1921 - 2009)

MB BCh BAO Belfast 1945; FRCS 1952.

2 November 1921
26 April 2009
Paediatric surgeon


Brian Turbett Smyth was a consultant paediatric surgeon at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Ulster Hospital. He was born in Londonderry in Northern Ireland on 2 November 1921, the son of William and Flora West Lindsay Smyth. His father was a merchant. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and then Queen's University, Belfast. He qualified MB BCh BAO in 1945.

Deciding on a career in paediatric surgery, he trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital and in Belfast, and was an assistant surgeon at Boston's Floating Hospital for Children. He was then appointed to his consultant post in Northern Ireland.

He was particularly interested in urology, neonatal surgery and the treatment of Hirschsprung's disease.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed sailing and photography.

Bryan Turbett Smyth died on 26 April 2009, aged 87. Predeceased by his son, Jonathan, he was survived by his wife Anne and a daughter, Nicola.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2009 339 3329].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England