St Thomas's Hospital Medical School
St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London was one of the oldest and most prestigious medical schools in the UK. The school was absorbed to form part of King's College London.
It was part of one of the oldest hospitals in London, St Thomas' Hospital established in 1173 but whose roots can be traced to the establishment of St Mary Overie Priory in 1106. According to historical records St Thomas's Hospital Medical School was founded in about 1550. It was admitted as a school of the University of London in 1900 but remained a constituent part of St Thomas' Hospital until 1948 when it formally became part of the university. In 1982 it merged with the medical school at Guy's Hospital to form the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. In turn UMDS was absorbed by King's College London School of Medicine and Dentistry, but the dentists have since been split out into The Dental Institute.
Unlike the hospital which in recent times dropped the possessive "s", the medical school continued with the original spelling.
Department of Community Medicine
Notable former members of staff
- Thomas Wharton (1614-1673) - anatomist best known for his descriptions of the submandibular duct
- William Cheselden (1688-1752) - surgeon and specialist in the removal of bladder stones
- Astley Cooper (1768-1841) - surgeon and anatomist
- Thomas Wakley (1795-1862) - surgeon and social reformer
- Beulah Bewley (1929-2018) - campaigner for women's opportunities in medicine
- Karen Dunnell (b. 1946) - UK National Statistician
- Doug Altman (1948-2018) - statistician
- Edward Headlam Greenhow (1814-1888) - first lecturer appointed at St Thomas's
- Herbert Barrie, neonatologist
- Takaki Kanehiro (1849 - 1920) - Japanese naval doctor, first person to discover the link between beriberi and diet.
- Charles Scott Sherrington (1857 - 1952) - Nobel Prize for Physiology for work on functions of neurons
- Havelock Ellis (1859 - 1939) - Physician, sexual psychologist and social reformer.
- Oguntola Sapara (1861 - 1935) - Medical doctor and activist. Known for Smallpox eradication in Nigeria.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) - Playwright, novelist, short story writer.
- Eric Anson (1892 - 1969) - New Zealand's first specialist anaesthetist.
- Max Theiler (1899 – 1972) - Virologist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951 for developing a vaccine for yellow fever
- Harold Ridley (1906 - 2001) - ophthalmologist who invented intraocular lens
- John B. Harman (1907 - 1995) - president of the Medical Defence Union and chairman of the British National Formulary
- Rustom Jal Vakil (b. 1911) - Eminent Indian cardiologist, recipient of the prestigious Lasker Prize known as the American Nobel.
- David Anderson, 2nd Viscount Waverley (1911 – 1990), British cardiologist and member of the House of Lords
- Richard Doll (1912 - 2005) - Epidemiologist and physiologist; established link between smoking and cancer.
- Sir Bryan Donkin - physician and criminologist
- John Cosh (1915 – 2005) - rheumatologist
- Richard Bayliss (1917 - 2006) - Physician to the Queen and head of the Medical Household
- Dame Cecily Saunders DBE OM (1918-2005) - Nurse, physician and social worker who developed the concept of the hospice and was a pioneer of palliative care.
- Humphrey Kay (1923 - 2009) - Haematologist
- Walter W. Holland CBE (1929 - 2018) - Epidemiologist and public health physician
- Anthony Yates - rheumatologist and consultant, president of the British Association for Rheumatology and of the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Section of the Royal Society of Medicine
- Mary Baines (1932 - 2020) - palliative care physician
- David Owen (b. 1938) - Labour Foreign Secretary and founder of the Social Democratic Party.
- Elizabeth M. Bryan (1942 - 2008) - Paediatrician and expert on twins.
- Philip Poole-Wilson (1943 - 2009) - cardiologist
- Sir Gordon Duff (b. 1947) - Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford
- Vicky Clement-Jones (1948 - 1987) - Founder of the British Association for Cancer United Patients.
- Jeffrey Tate (b. 1948) - Conductor
- Gilbert Thompson (physician) (born 1932) - lipidology expert and academic
- Roger Jones (b. 1948) - professor of general practice, and editor of the British Journal of General Practice
- James Colthurst (born 1957), radiologist
- Fiona Wood AM (b. 1958) - Plastic surgeon, Australian of the Year 2005.
- Phil Hammond (b. 1962) - comedian and commentator on health issues
- ^ "The Foundation of St Thomas's" (PDF). p. 1.
- ^ "A Chronology of State Medicine, Public Health, Welfare and Related Services in Britain 1066-1999" (PDF). p. 11.
- ^ "Our history".
- ^ "The recent history of Guy's and St Thomas', 1970s to 2000s" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 December 2016.
- ^ Crockford AL (December 1951). "History of St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School". Med Illus. 5 (12): 568–72. PMID 14910157.
- Lists of St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School students
- List of St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School military personnel, 1914-1918