Death announcement of Professor David Ian HAMILTON FRCS
Consultant Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Liverpool and Edinburgh.
22 June 1931-06 October 2017
It is with sadness that I announce the passing of David Hamilton, Consultant congenital cardiac surgeon.
Born in Stockton-on Tees David graduated from the Middlesex Hospital in 1957 with an ambition to be a surgeon and obtained FRCS in 1961. His early training in cardiac surgery was at the Middlesex and then as Senior Registrar in Liverpool before being appointed consultant there in 1968. He soon developed an interest in congenital heart surgery and progressively this became his sole activity. He established the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital as a leading centre with a fine training reputation.
In 1986 he was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Cardiac Surgery in Edinburgh where he remained until retirement in 1993.
Throughout his career he fostered research activity and innovation. It is thanks to his initiative that our understanding of cardiac morphology is what it is through his association with Prof R H (Bob) Anderson who he invited to research the conducting tissue in AVSDs when Bob was at Manchester.
As a person he was noted for his courtesy and kindness being described by many as “a thoroughly decent human being.”
On behalf of BCCA I extend sympathy to his family and thanks for the memory of a fine surgeon who made great contributions to our profession both inside and outside the operating theatre.
David R Anderson MA FRCS
President of British Congenital Cardiac Association (2015-2017)
Consultant cardiac surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Professor of congenital cardiac surgery, King’s College London School of Medicine