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Biographical entry Kernohan, James Geddis (1948 - 2013)

MB BCh BAO Belfast 1972; FRCS Edin 1977; FRCS 1980.

26 January 1948
17 January 2013
Orthopaedic surgeon


James Geddis ('Jim') Kernohan was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Bournemouth. He studied medicine at Queen's University, Belfast, qualifying MB BCh BAO in 1972.

He held junior posts in Belfast, including becoming pathology demonstrator at the Royal Victoria Hospital. From 1977 to 1978 he worked in Paris, at the Hôpital Ambroise-Paré and Hôpital Cochin.

On his return from France, he became a registrar at Charing Cross Hospital, London. From 1979 to 1985 he trained at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He also held posts at Great Ormond Street, Great Portland Street, the Middlesex and Stanmore hospitals.

In 1985 he was appointed to his post at Poole and Christchurch hospitals, Dorset. He played a key role in establishing the new elective orthopaedic unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, and became the first clinical director of theatres there. He also set up a shoulder unit at the same hospital.

He was a member of the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Elbow and Shoulder Society. He also developed a busy medicolegal practice.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed sailing and following horse racing, and was a keen supporter of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.

In 1973 he married Sandra, a staff nurse. James Geddis Kernohan died on 17 January 2013. He was 64. He was survived by his wife and their two children, Robert and Ruth.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2013 346 1413].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England