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In Memoriam: Professor Donal O’Donoghue

Updated on: 29 Mar 2021   First published on 04 Jan 2021

Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Registrar, The Royal College of Physicians

The BSG learned of the death of Professor Donal O’Donoghue with shock and great sadness. Donal was the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of London and was a huge supporter of specialty working within the College. He was a member of the Joint Specialty Committee for Gastroenterology and Hepatology which I chaired as President-Elect and brought great wisdom and a wider perspective to all its deliberations. As Chair of the College’s Medical Specialties Board, he led the inter-specialty joint working that proved so valuable during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis. The welfare of patients and staff was always his primary concern.

Donal was a dedicated and highly distinguished Nephrologist, with a huge national reputation, for which he was awarded an OBE in 2018. Behind the scenes, he was a great friend, supporter and admirer of the BSG, and particularly of the prompt action that the Society took early in the pandemic, and our efforts to restore services safely. On a personal level, he was the warmest, welcoming, human person, you could wish to meet. Unpretentious, genuine, funny, and above all charming. Our thoughts as a Society are with his family, friends, and colleagues. We, in the wider medical community, were lucky to have such a dedicated and genuinely charming colleague.

Donal enriched the lives of the people he met and worked with. He will be very sorely missed.

His funeral will be taking place 11:30am to 2pm on 26th January 2021. The service will be live streamed on YouTube and available to view afterwards for those who are unable to make it at that time.

Dr. Alastair McKinlay

President of the British Society of Gastroenterology


“The scepter, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!”

From Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare


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