Dr Thomas Dunbar Culbert

Personal Details

Dr Thomas Dunbar Culbert MBChB FFARCS DA 

19/07/1912 to 07/02/1985

Place of birth: Dunbar, Scotland

Nationality: UK

CRN: 723865

Education and qualifications

General education

Hawick High School, Roxburghshire; University of Edinburgh

Primary medical qualification(s)

University of Edinburgh, MBChB 1934

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

Diploma Anaesthesia, FFARCS; GMC registration July 20 1934


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Dr Culbert was formerly a  senior consultant in anaesthetics  at the United Manchester Hospitals and the Northern Group of Hospitals in Manchester. He  died suddenly on February 7th 1985. After attending Hawick School, he  read medicine at Edinburgh University, entering in 1928 and graduated  in 1934. After his initial hospital posts he became a general practitioner in Nelson, Lancashire , practising for eight years with a continuing interest in anaesthesia.  During this time he obtained his Diploma in Anaesthesia  and he then moved to the South Shields hospital area as a specialist in anaesthetics. He remained in the northeast  for three years, returning to Manchester in 1950 and as consultant anaesthetist from 1953 at   the United Manchester and Manchester Northern hospital groups until his retirement.

Professional interests and activities

Dr Culbert was an active member of the BMA for 51 years. He was honorary secretary of the Manchester division from1962 to 1968, during which time he was secretary for the annual representative meeting in Manchester in 1964, which apparently was remembered as being outstandingly successful and enjoyable. A member of the organisation committee for a short time, he was also a member of the Joint Consultants Committee in 1967 and of the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee from 1961 to 1967.  He was awarded the fellowship of the association in 1971 in recognition of his services. He was chairman of the Manchester BMA Division from 1971 to 1973, a member of the representative body on many occasions. TDC designed a portable oxygen delivery and suction device for use during the polio epidemic in the 1950’s. He also published a commentary on the use of chloroform usage during  bronchography in children.   

Other biographical information

Dr Culbert apparently was an excellent pianist and many social BMA occasions were graced by his playing. He was active in both the Edinburgh Society and the Caledonian Society and president of the  Manchester and Salford Caledonian Society 1956-8 and president of the Federation of Caledonian Societies in 1961. In his youth he was a keen  exponent of rugby, but his love of Manchester City football was described as fanatical at times. Latterly he took up golf in his retirement. Aged 73yrs, he was survived by his wife, a son and daughter along with  the grandchildren. 

The GMC register records his registered  addresses, 1935  in Hawick, Scotland and 1951 in Nelson, Lancashire.

Author and sources

Author: Innes Simon Chadwick

Sources and comments: 

Obituary: British Medical Journal  1985 Vol290 p938-9
GMC Register (1859-1959) 1935 and 1951 records accessed on line via Ancestry.com

UK Medical and Dental Student Registers 1882-1937 accessed on line via Ancestry.com. Birth and Death records  also verified via Ancestry.com.

An Oxygen Delivery and Suction Unit. Culbert TD. BMJ 1954;  2:1284