Biographies: Inspirational physicians and teachers – 24 October 2022

Dr Arie Berghout, MD, FRCP, was Consultant Physician and Director of Teaching and Medical Education at Maasstad Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until his retirement in 2012. He trained in endocrinology, diabetes and vascular medicine at the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, and at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has published numerous papers on goitre, thyroid eye disease, hypothyroidism, and thyroid and pregnancy. He also served as Program Director of the Annual Meeting of the Dutch Society of Medicine and as Senior Expert Health Care for the Dutch Organization for International Development and Cooperation. He is currently Conservator at the National Library and Centre for the study of the History of Medicine, the Netherlands. In 2017, he published Heer en Meester aan het Ziekbed, a biography of Isidore Snapper (1889-1973), which was nominated for the Boerhaave Biography Award, and received four-star reviews in a number of major Dutch newspapers.

Dr Jan Willem F Elte is an internist-endocrinologist, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (London) and European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM: Hon). He is (co-) author and editor of publications and books on thyroid, diabetes, obesity, organization of Internal Medicine and differential diagnosis. Dr Elte is a member of the European Board of Internal Medicine, Secretary General of the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe, and a European Medicines Agency Scientific Committee member and expert as an EFIM delegate. He worked in the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam 1987-2011 (Deputy Head of Training 1991-2006), and 2012-2014 in the Groene Hart Ziekenhuis, Gouda. He was Secretary of the Section of Endocrinology of the NIV (Neth.Ass.Int.Med.) and former Treasurer of the NIV, AEMI (also President of Young AEMIE) and EFIM. He was a Member of the European Board of Endocrinology and Secretary General of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM) and co-director of the European School of Internal Medicine 2017-2019. He has been a member of the Editorial Boards of The European Journal of Internal Medicine (Founding Deputy Editor), The Postgraduate Medical Journal, Clinical Medicine and Internisten Vademecum (NL). At his retirement in 2011 he was knighted and became Honorary Member of the NIV.

Professor Donald Singer @HealthMed is President of the FPM. He is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is a member of the panel of experts of the European Medicines Agency. A member since 2013 of the Healthcare Professionals’ Working Party of the European Medicines Agency, he is involved in current EMA projects on minimizing risk from medicines. International consultancy includes advice on clinical pharmacology and safety systems for medicines as a Yale School of Medicine Faculty member within the 7 year Human Resources for Health US-AID and CDC supported programme in Rwanda. Singer is President of the UK Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, which publishes the Postgraduate Medical Journal (founded 1925) and Health Policy and Technology (founded 2012). He is a former Secretary of the European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics which supports scientific and educational exchange for over 4000 clinical pharmacologists from 34 countries. He was previously also a member of the Council of the British Pharmacological Society and Panel Member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme.

Professor Allister Vale, FPM Council Member, is a Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist and Toxicologist and former Director of the National Poisons Information Service (Birmingham Unit) and the West Midlands Poisons Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK. He holds a professorial appointment in the University of Birmingham. He is co-author with Dr John Scadding of Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886-1965 [Frontline Books, Nov 2020]. He has served as President of the British Toxicology Society, of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists and of the Clinical and Translational Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He has also been a Trustee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology for six years and was awarded the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the only non-North American to be so honoured. He is a former Medical Director of the MRCP(UK) Examination and a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians.
(picture by Edward Moss)

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