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Biographical entry Zamora, Alberto Medardo (1887 - 1980)

MRCS 1912; FRCS 1917; BS MB BCh Cambridge 1913; MCh 1917; LRCP 1912.

13 January 1887
18 November 1980
ENT surgeon


'Zammy' or 'Zam' as he was known to colleagues and friends was born in Colombia, South America, on 13 January 1887 and came to school in England, to Tonbridge and to Cambridge University. His subsequent medical education was at Guy's Hospital, London, where he qualified in 1912. To his disgust when war broke out he was considered to be a foreigner and so remained a civilian working at Guy's in his chosen speciality of ENT surgery.

After the war he was appointed as consultant at the Royal Northern, Royal National Orthopaedic, Royal Chest and Putney Hospitals. He built up a large private practice and was just as meticulous and caring about his hospital patients as those in private. He was the epitome of an English gentleman and much loved and respected by patients and friends alike.

His special interest was in para-nasal sinusitis and this was the subject he chose for his presidential address to the Section of Laryngology at the Royal Society of Medicine. He was well read with a wide appreciation of art and literature and was constantly a source of support and encouragement to his junior staff. In addition he was an excellent host. He died on 18 November, 1980 at the age of 93, after a long illness, survived by his wife Barbara and two daughters, Mary and Monica.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1981, 282, 327; Lancet 1981, 1, 110; Daily Telegraph 19 November 1980].

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