Past Presidents and future Presidents

The society appoints a new president annually to join the historic list of names below that dates back to 1847.  The presidential term runs from January for twelve months. During their term, the president is entitled to wear the presidential jewel.  After the inaugural address, he or she has traditionally been photographed seated in the 19th century presidential chair in the lecture hall.

In order to maintain a diverse programme of lectures we welcome applicants from all clinical specialities. Doctors (including current non-members) wishing to be considered for the office of president should discuss with the secretary, president or other members of council.

We are always keen to learn more about the lives of our former presidents.  If you are conducting family history research, do please contact us with any biographical information or photographs.

· 1847 William King

· 1848 Benjamin Vallance

· 1849 George Samuel Jenks

· 1850 Thomas Bradbury Winter

· 1851 James Annesley Hingleston

· 1852 John Lawrence (Junior) and John Lawrence

· 1853 Edward Latham Ormerod

· 1854 James Oldham

· 1855 Edmund Joseph Furner

· 1856 George Tatham

· 1857 Harry Mills Blaker

· 1858 James William Wilson

· 1859 Sir John Cordy Burrows (former Mayor of Brighton)

· 1860 George Lowdell

· 1861 William Mellett Hollis

· 1862 Samuel King Scott

· 1863 William Kebbell

· 1864 William Verrall

· 1865 George Frederick Hodgson

· 1866 Alfred Hall

· 1867 Frederick Abell Humphry

· 1868 Charles Bryce

· 1869 William Withers Moon

· 1870 Charles Izard Beard

· 1871 John Jardine Murray

· 1872 George Browne

· 1873 William Withers Moore

· 1874 Richard Branwell

· 1875 Athol Archibald Johnstone

· 1876 Henry Penfold

· 1877 Richard Patrick Burke Taaffe

· 1878 Crawford John Pocock

· 1879 Edward Francis Russell

· 1880 Nathaniel Paine Blaker

· 1881 Joseph R Gasquet

· 1882 John Harris Ross

· 1883 William Ainslie Hollis

· 1884 Charles J Oldham

· 1885 Thomas Sprye Byass

· 1886 E. Noble Edwards

· 1887 F.W. Salzmann

· 1888 W.H. Nicholls

· 1889 E. Cresswell Baber

· 1890 Edward Mackey

· 1891 Edward George Whittle

· 1892 Willoughby Furner

· 1893 Sir Joseph Ewart JP

· 1894 T. Jenner Verrall (Surgeon)

· 1895 John Caldwell Uhthoff

· 1896 Alfred Scott

· 1897 Douglas William Giffard

· 1898 Robert Black

· 1899 Robert Sanderson

· 1900 Frederick John Paley (General Practitioner)

· 1901 Walter Samuel Simpson

· 1902 J.F. Gordon Dill (Physician)

· 1903 James Turton

· 1904 George Morgan

· 1905 Sir Arthur Newsholme

· 1906 Wayland Charles Chaffey

· 1907 Henry Herbert Taylor

· 1908 Reginald Francis Jowers

· 1909 Charles John Jacomb-Hood

· 1910 Frank Hinds

· 1919 Theodore Henry Ionides

· 1912 Edmund Hobhouse

· 1913 Walter Broadbent

· 1914 Reginald John Ryle (Physician & Ophthalmologist)

· 1915 Arthur Herbert Buck

· 1916 Henry Gervis

· 1917 Walter Robert Wood

· 1918 Samuel Bradley Figgis

· 1919 Leonard A Parry

· 1920 Hugh Stott

· 1921 David William Livingstone

· 1922 Arthur Jaffray Hutchison

· 1923 Eliot Curwen

· 1924 Edward Forster Maynard

· 1925 Herbert J Walker

· 1926 E. Rivaz Hunt

· 1927 Donald G Hall (Physician/GP)

· 1928 A. Geoffrey Bate (Surgeon)

· 1929 W Barrington Prowse (Physician)

· 1930 H. Nethersole Fletcher

· 1931 Duncan Forbes (Public Health)

· 1932 A. Helen Boyle (General Practitioner and first woman president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)

· 1933 A. Neville Cox

· 1934 Florence M Edmonds

· 1935 Harold F Seymour

· 1936 V R H Turton

· 1937 F W M Cunningham

· 1938 J G Hayes and D A Crow

· 1939 C D Scott

· 1940 C D Scott (n.b. president re-elected due to outbreak of second world war)

· 1941 G W Beresford

· 1942 A H Hall

· 1943 J R Griffiths

· 1944 F H Fuller

· 1945 T S Allen

· 1946 H J McCurrich

· 1947 J P S Walker

· 1948 Lilias M Jeffries

· 1949 C Gibson

· 1950 J H Le Brasseur

· 1951 H Downer

· 1952 C G Schurr (Ophthalmologist)

· 1953 G W Beresford

· 1954 Gladys M Wauchope (Physician)

· 1955 H C K Eccles

· 1956 J H Crawford

· 1957 D Cumming

· 1958  Vera E Claxton (General Practitioner)

· 1959 C Barry Prowse (Physician)

· 1960 K F Mackenzie (Obstetrics & gynaecology)

· 1961 S D Firth (Medical Superintendent, Brighton General Hospital)

· 1962 D C F L Williamson

· 1963 D A Carew Hunt

· 1964 K Kemball Price (Physician at Brighton and Lewes)

· 1965 R W Windle (Physician)

· 1966 F K Busterton

· 1967 B A Fraser (Physician)

· 1968 F J Kerr

· 1969 D Archdale Smith (General Practitioner)

· 1970 L John Beynon (General Practitioner)

· 1971 Rex A Binning (Anaesthetist)

· 1972 Leslie W Lauste (Surgeon)

· 1973 Henry Park (Surgeon)

· 1974 Constance L Beynon  (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

· 1975 R J Keith Elliott (Pathology)

· 1976 S. Patrick Hall-Smith (Dermatologist)

· 1977 Dr John K Wagstaff  (General physician)

· 1978 K Whittle Martin (Urologist)

· 1979 N W A Harvey (General Practitioner)

· 1980 Phillip G Somerville Surgeon (vascular)

· 1981 Paul V Wadsworth (ENT)

· 1982 Frederick R. Ryle (General Practitioner)

· 1983 Euan C B Keat (Physician/Gastroentroenterologist)

· 1984 Joanna Sheldon (Endocrinologist)

· 1985 Bernard Crymble (Neurosurgeon – Brighton and Haywards Heath)

· 1986 W Nicholas (Nick) Laurence (Orthopaedic surgeon)

· 1987 R J Stuart Weir (General Practitioner)

· 1988 David V Ingram (Ophthalmologist)

· 1989 Nigel H Porter (Surgeon)

· 1990 D F Dart (General Practitioner)

· 1991 Donald J Reid (Surgeon)

· 1992 John E Rees (Neurologist)

· 1993 Alec J M Frank (General Practitioner)

· 1994 C Barry d’A Fearn (Orthopaedic surgeon)

· 1995 Ian G Crossman (Orthodontics)

· 1996 Ray H Harper (General Practitioner)

· 1997 Douglas A Chamberlain CBE (Cardiologist)

· 1998 Anna C Haylett (General Practitioner)

· 1999 Luke Fernandes (Rheumatologist)

· 2000 Chistopher Davidson (Cardiologist)

· 2001 JRW (Bob) Gumpert (Vascular Surgeon)

· 2002 N Evans  (Paediatrician)

· 2003 Clive D Bach (General Practitioner)

· 2004 Stephan E Tchamouroff (Genitourinary medicine)

· 2005 Paul A Farrands (Surgeon)

· 2006 Varadarajan Kalidasan (Paediatric surgeon)

· 2007 Harry O Brunjes (GP Entrepreneur)

· 2008 Bruce K Mcleod (Ophthalmologist)

· 2009 Helen Smith (General Practitioner)

· 2010 Robert Tranter (Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon)

· 2011 Mark Signy  (Cardiologist – Worthing hospital)

· 2012 Richard Vincent (Cardiologist)

· 2013 J Quin (Endocrinologist)

· 2014 Alan Ireland (Gastroenterologist)

· 2015 Ruth Barker (General Practitioner)

· 2016 Margaret (Meg) Price (Dermatologist)

· 2017 Charles Zammit (Endocrine and Breast surgeon)

· 2018 Syed Waquar (Waquar Yusuf – Vascular surgeon)

· 2019 Maxwell J F Cooper (General Practitioner)

· 2020 Christopher Liu OBE (Ophthalmologist)
  2021 Christopher Liu OBE (Ophthalmologist)   (n.b. president re-elected due to covid-19 pandemic)