Stewart Cameron obituary


As a shiny younger physician at Man’s hospital in London within the Sixties, Stewart Cameron, who has died aged 89, was decided to be each clinician and researcher, however the place ought to he focus his skills? Irreversible kidney failure – uniformly deadly till then – was simply turning into treatable by dialysis or kidney transplantation; each had been advanced, demanding and harmful, for sufferers and docs alike.

Stewart had discovered his metier and determined to make renal drugs his life’s work. The primary professor of renal drugs within the UK, he created at Man’s a unit that turned internationally identified for its analysis and therapy of kidney failure.

He realised that any unit providing solely dialysis would quickly be overwhelmed until kidney transplantation was additionally obtainable. So from the mid-60s – along with his shut colleague Chisholm Ogg – he established a mixed service.

His socialist rules had been mirrored in his egalitarian method: there was to be equal entry to therapy for all in want, and collaborative workforce work was the watchword. All had been companions – sufferers and employees alike. Nurses and different employees knew they had been revered members of the workforce and responded to the accountability and autonomy they got. Unconventionally, first names had been the norm.

Their success meant referrals flooded in. They had been treating each kids and adults till a paediatrician, Cyril Chantler, joined them. The challenges had been thrilling and so they had been working full tilt, however there was a value. There was a hepatitis B outbreak within the unit in 1969, and Stewart himself was severely in poor health. The unit recovered and flourished, turning into a beacon, attracting streams of trainees and guests.

He was decided that analysis could be fostered regardless of the medical workload. He was a strolling textbook of nephrology, but it surely was the examine of nephritis, immune-mediated kidney illness, that he centered on.

Following within the custom of Richard Vivid, the Nineteenth-century Man’s doctor, Stewart recognised the worth of longitudinal examine of personally noticed instances. Combining this with the examine of kidney tissue obtained by biopsy, he separated all of the identified kinds of nephritis into exactly outlined teams and pinpointed their differing pure histories.

He launched to nephrology the now normal statistical technique (the Kaplan-Meier plot) that enabled him to match teams, establish components that influenced consequence (akin to the quantity of protein leaking into the urine), and consider novel therapies. He wrote a lot of clear authoritative papers, books and e-book chapters that reworked eager about nephritis and its therapy. He was a commanding trainer, filling lecture theatres and stimulating problem and debate.

Stewart’s expertise meant he was quickly drawn into management within the kidney world past Man’s – nationally then internationally. He was articulate and forceful in his espousal of the necessity for extra sources for kidney therapy within the UK; this was not in style within the Division of Well being. He served as president of the UK Renal Affiliation (1992-95), the European Renal Affiliation (1985-1988) and the Worldwide Society of Nephrology (1993-95).

His worldwide management was not simply titular; he travelled the world instructing in many various settings, particularly encouraging the emergence of nephrology in creating nations. Along with his present for friendship and his unrelenting vitality, he was a much-loved mentor to tons of of nephrologists, lots of whom got here from overseas to Man’s after which returned to their very own nations.

He was born in Aberdeen, to John Cameron, who was within the service provider navy, and Ethel (nee Lawrence), a secretary. The household moved to London in 1946, and Stewart went to Ealing grammar college earlier than learning at Man’s Hospital medical college, graduating in 1959. After a Fulbright scholarship in New York, he returned to Man’s in 1963.

He didn’t at first match into Man’s. He had married Margot Manley in 1956 and had two kids whereas nonetheless a medical pupil. A grammar college boy with a choice for up to date garments and coiffure, he was fairly in contrast to the everyday London instructing hospital guide of the day. However his brilliance and achievements persuaded the doubters. In 1974 he was made professor of renal drugs.

Chantler described Stewart as “probably the most curiously clever physician I’ve ever identified. We used to say at Man’s in case you wished to know one thing about something you needed to go the library … or higher nonetheless … ask Stewart.” He was a multilingual polymath, and knew greater than most of us about all the pieces – actually nephrology, however equally Keats, mountain climbing, Gaelic poetry and historical past. Nonetheless, Stewart shall be finest remembered for his lack of self-importance, and his enthusiasm for the work of others.

When nonetheless on the peak of his powers, he was pressured by sickness to retire early from medical and educational work, in 1996. He was appointed CBE in 1998 for companies to nephrology.

He retired to Cumbria and to Mull, and continued to put in writing about his many pursuits, for instance a historical past of the Ross of Mull.

When Margot developed dementia, he cared for her at house till her dying. He later discovered happiness with Alison Russell, whom he met once more 40 years after she had been a ward sister at Man’s. In 1971 they’d written the primary nursing e-book on the therapy of renal illnesses. They married in 2018.

A son, Ewen, predeceased him in 2013. He’s survived by Alison, his daughter, Sheena, and a granddaughter, Laura.


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