F. John Gillingham, MD
FRANCIS JOHN GILLINGHAM was born in Dorchester, Dorset, England on March 15, 1916, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Gillingham. He was educated at Hardye’s School, Dorset, and then studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College of London University (M.B., B.S., 1939)
After completing house appointments at St. Bartholomew’s and Lord Mayor Treloar Cripples’ Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was appointed General Duties Officer at the Military Hospital (head injuries), Oxford, under Colonel Hugh Cairns and Group Captain Symonds. He served from El Alamein onwards and later returned to Oxford under Sir Hugh Cairns.
After World War II, he returned to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital with Sir James Paterson Ross and Mr. J.E.A. O’Connell. In 1950, he was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon in the Department of Surgical Neurology, Edinburgh, becoming, also Deputy Director of the Department and Senior Lecturer in Surgical Neurology at the University of Edinburgh. In 1955, he was elected a Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Morison Lecturer, 1960; President, 1980). In 1962, he was named Reader and, in 1963, succeeded Professor Norman Dott as Professor of Surgical Neurology, University of Edinburgh.
He has been accorded a number of honors, among which are: Honorary Member, Czechoslovokian Neurological Society; Honorary Fellow, Colleges of Surgeons of Australia and Sri Lanka; Honorary M.D., University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Honorary Member, Royal Academy of Medicine of Valencia, Spain; Colles Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (1962); Elsberg Lecturer, New York Neurosurgical Society (1967). He is a Corresponding Member of the European Neurosurgical Societies; a member of the AAcNS and the AANS; honorary member of the Societe de Neurochirurgie de Langue Francaise; Founding Member, International Society for Research into Stereoencephalotomy; Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh (President, 1964-66); and was appointed to the Council, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1968).
Under his guidance, the Department of Surgical Neurology in Edinburgh became truly international, and has trained nearly 100 Heads of Departments of Neurosurgery across the world.
His war-time experiences with the injured brain led to his special interest in the prevention of head injury. In 1979, he was the recipient of the Clark Foundation Award for Services to Road Safety.
In January, 1982, he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. On September 25, 1983, he was appointed Foundation Professor of Surgical Neurology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In addition to his busy professional life, he is married to the former Judy Irene Jude (1945). They are the parents of four sons, and he pursues his hobbies of sailing a 30-foot yawl, gardening and enjoying his grandchildren.
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