Dr Harshadrai P Patel

Dr Harshadrai P Patel MD FFARCS DGO DA DObs

13/03/1938 - 26/03/2019

Place of birth: Gujarat, India

Nationality: British

Known as: 'HP'

CRN: 513524

Education and qualifications

General education

Allidina High School, Mombasa, Kenya; B J Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBBS, Gujarat University, India, 1962

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Examination

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

DGO 1963, MD1965 & DA 1965, all from Gujurat University; DObs, RCOG, 1964

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

HP worked at the Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad after qualification, initially as a house officer in obstetrics & gynaecology (one year) and in medicine (six months) before being resident anaesthetist (two years). He then came to UK in 1965 as registrar in anaesthetics, first at Queen Mary’s Hospital for the East End of London for a year, followed by two years at the Whittington Hospital. He was senior registrar at King’s College Hospital, London and appointed a consultant at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead in 1976, but retired early in 1994 because of ill health.

Professional interests and activities

Major interest in anaesthesia for burns, maxillofacial & plastic surgery, editing a text on these aspects published in 1994, and with a particular research interest in cerebral effects of induced hypotension. Known for the artistry and skill of his work, he was an inspirational teacher.

Other biographical information

Married to Kathryn (nee Yendall), their hospitality was legendary, this often being offered at their narrow boat on the Oxford Union Canal. He was also a keen pilot, having started with gliders in India, and obtaining his private licence in the UK. He and his wife spent their retirement in Cyprus.

Author and sources


Dr Chris Barham (colleague) and Usha Wells (sister)

Sources and comments: 

[1] Personal knowledge  [2] Obituary BMJ2020; 369:m2048