Mary Anderson (gynaecologist)

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Mary Anderson

Mary Margaret Anderson

(1932-02-12)12 February 1932
Died17 February 2006(2006-02-17) (aged 74)
Forres, Scotland
Cause of deathcomplications of Parkinson’s disease
EducationUniversity of Edinburgh
Occupationphysician, gynaecologist
Known forAnderson Maternity Unit at Lewisham Hospital is named in her honour
Medical career
Professionphysician, gynaecologist
Fieldobstetrics and gynaecology
InstitutionsSt Mary's Hospital, London
University Hospital Lewisham

Dr Mary Margaret Anderson CBE FRCOG (12 February 1932– 17 February 2006) was a Scottish gynaecologist.[1]


Anderson was born on 12 February 1932, in Forres, Scotland. Her mother was a mathematics teacher and her father a pharmacist.[2] She was educated at Forres Academy where she was the Dux. She studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh graduating in 1956.[3] She moved to London to complete her medical education before taking up the post of the first female obstetrics registrar appointed at St Mary's Hospital in London.[2]

Before retirement, she worked as a Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University Hospital Lewisham.[3]

She served as Vice-President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 1989 to 1992 and as a member of the Committee of the Future of Maternity Services, chaired by Baroness Cumberlege.[3]

She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1996 Birthday Honours, "For services to Medicine".[4]

She died, aged 74, in Forres on 17 February 2006 from complications due to Parkinson's disease.[2] She was interred in the family grave at Cluny Hill, Forres.[2]

The Anderson Maternity Unit at Lewisham Hospital is named in her honour.[2]


  1. ^ "Mary Margaret Anderson - Longer version". British Medical Journal. 1 January 2018. ISSN 1756-1833.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mary Anderson – an appreciation". The Scotsman. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Daphne Christie; Tilli Tansey, eds. (2001), Maternal Care, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, ISBN 978-0-85484-079-3Wikidata Q29581655
  4. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 8.

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