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Biographical entry Doyle, Patrick Thomas (1941 - 1998)

MRCS and FRCS 1972; MB BS London 1966.

27 October 1941
8 May 1998


Patrick Doyle was a consultant urologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He was born in Exeter on 27 October 1941, the son of William Doyle, the county medical officer for Devon, and Mary Dalton. Patrick was educated at Belmont Abbey School, Hereford, and St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was particularly influenced by Alec Badenoch, both as a student and house surgeon. He qualified in 1966 and did a series of junior posts at Bart's, the Royal Northern and the Royal Free Hospitals, before passing the final FRCS in 1972. He was registrar to the urology department at Bart's in 1969, where he was influenced by John Wickham. He continued his specialist training at St Peter's Hospital and the Institute of Urology, Portsmouth and Southampton. He succeeded John Withycombe as consultant urologist to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in 1978, and continued, with Robert Whitaker, to build on the existing fine urological unit.

Patrick was an excellent all-round surgeon, but had a special interest in familial carcinoma of the kidney. He was highly regarded by his colleagues, and from its inception was a popular member of the 'Burberry Club', a travelling urological group. Patrick will long be remembered by several generations of Cambridge undergraduates and post-graduate students at all levels for his dedicated and meticulous contribution to their well-being and their emerging careers.

He published more than 45 papers and served on innumerable committees, ultimately being appointed chairman of the consultant staff council, and clinical director of surgery. Patrick was a tall, elegant figure; always calm and courteous, and with a dry and ready wit. He married Judith Betts in 1969 with whom he had a son, Matthew, also a doctor, and a daughter, Nicola. He had a wide range of interests beyond medicine. He was interested in classical and pop music, and was a keen and knowledgeable ornithologist. He suddenly collapsed and died of what was probably an acute cardiac arrhythmia whilst out bird-watching on the coastal dunes in Jersey during a meeting of the Burberry Club on 8 May 1998.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1999 318 197].

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