Past 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.

Presidential termNamePhotoBiography
2022Chakravarthi Rajkumar (Consultant stroke physician and professor of geriatrics and stroke medicine)Chakravarthi-Rajkumar
2021Christopher Liu OBE (Ophthalmologist)   (n.b. president re-elected due to covid-19 pandemic)Christopher Liu
2020Christopher Liu OBE (Ophthalmologist)Christopher Liu
2019Maxwell J F Cooper (General Practitioner)
2018Syed Waquar (Waquar Yusuf - Vascular surgeon)
2017Charles Zammit (Endocrine and Breast surgeon)
2016Margaret (Meg) Price (Dermatologist)
2015Ruth Barker (General Practitioner)
2014Alan Ireland (Gastroenterologist)
2013J Quin (Endocrinologist)
2012Richard Vincent (Cardiologist)
2011Mark Signy  (Cardiologist Worthing hospital)
2010Robert Tranter (Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon)
2009Helen Smith (General Practitioner)
2008Bruce K Mcleod (Ophthalmologist)
2007Harry O Brunjes (GP Entrepreneur)
2006Varadarajan Kalidasan (Paediatric surgeon)
2005Paul A Farrands (Surgeon)
2004Stephan E Tchamouroff (Genitourinary medicine)
2003Clive D Bach (General Practitioner)
2002N Evans  (Paediatrician)
2001JRW (Bob) Gumpert (Vascular Surgeon)
2000Chistopher Davidson (Cardiologist)
1999Luke Fernandes (Rheumatologist)
1998Anna C Haylett (General Practitioner)
1997Douglas A Chamberlain CBE (Cardiologist)
1996Ray H Harper (General Practitioner)
1995Ian G Crossman (Orthodontics)
1994C Barry d'A Fearn (Orthopaedic surgeon)
1993Alec J M Frank (General Practitioner)
1992John E Rees (Neurologist)
1991Donald J Reid (Surgeon)
1990D F Dart (General Practitioner)
1989Nigel H Porter (Surgeon)
1988David V Ingram (Ophthalmologist)
1987R J Stuart Weir (General Practitioner)
1986W Nicholas (Nick) Laurence (Orthopaedic surgeon)
1985Bernard Crymble (Neurosurgeon – Brighton and Haywards Heath)
1984Joanna Sheldon (Endocrinologist)
1983Euan C B Keat (Physician/Gastroentroenterologist)
1982Frederick R. Ryle (General Practitioner)
1981Paul V Wadsworth (ENT)
1980Phillip G Somerville Surgeon (vascular)
1979N W A Harvey (General Practitioner)
1978K Whittle Martin (Urologist)
1977Dr John K Wagstaff  (General physician)
1976S. Patrick Hall-Smith (Dermatologist)
1975R J Keith Elliott (Pathology)
1974Constance L Beynon  (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
1973Henry Park (Surgeon)
1972Leslie W Lauste (Surgeon)
1971Rex A Binning (Anaesthetist)
1970L John Beynon (General Practitioner)
1969D Archdale Smith (General Practitioner)
1968F J Kerr
1967B A Fraser (Physician)
1966F K Busterton
1965R W Windle (Physician)
1964K Kemball Price (Physician at Brighton and Lewes)
1963D A Carew Hunt
1962D C F L Williamson
1961S D Firth (Medical Superintendent, Brighton General Hospital)
1960K F Mackenzie (Obstetrics & gynaecology)
1959C Barry Prowse (Physician)
1958 Vera E Claxton (General Practitioner)
1957D Cumming
1956J H Crawford
1955H C K Eccles
1954Gladys M Wauchope (Physician)
1953G W Beresford
1952C G Schurr (Ophthalmologist)
1951Harold George Downer (Oto-rhino-laryngologist)
1950J H Le Brasseur
1949C Gibson
1948Lilias M Jeffries (general practitioner and gynaecologist at the New Sussex Hospital in Brighton)
1947J P S Walker
1946H J McCurrich
1945T S Allen
1944F H Fuller
1943J R Griffiths
1942Alexander Hislop Hall (1892-1968; GP in Hove from 1923-1965)
1941G W Beresford
1940C D Scott (n.b. president re-elected due to outbreak of second world war)
1939C D Scott
1938J G Hayes (General Practitioner) and Douglas A Crow (n.b. at an extraordinary meeting of the council, Mr Douglas A. Crow was elected president to fill the vacancy by the death of Dr. J. G. Hayes)
1937F W M Cunningham
1936V R H Turton
1935Harold F Seymour
1934Florence M Edmonds
1933A. Neville Cox
1932A. Helen Boyle (General Practitioner and first woman president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
1931Duncan Forbes (Public Health)
1930H. Nethersole Fletcher
1929W Barrington Prowse (Physician)
1928A. Geoffrey Bate (Surgeon)
1927Donald G Hall (Physician/GP)
1926E. Rivaz Hunt
1925Herbert J Walker
1924Edward Forster Maynard
1923Eliot Curwen
1922Arthur Jaffray Hutchison
1921David William Livingstone
1920Hugh Stott
1919Theodore Henry Ionides
1919Leonard A Parry
1918Samuel Bradley Figgis
1917Walter Robert Wood
1916Henry Gervis
1915Arthur Herbert Buck
1914Reginald John Ryle (Physician & Ophthalmologist)
1913Walter Broadbent
1912Edmund Hobhouse
1910Frank Hinds
1909Charles John Jacomb-Hood
1908Reginald Francis Jowers
1907Henry Herbert Taylor
1906Wayland Charles Chaffey
1905Sir Arthur Newsholme
1904George Morgan
1903James Turton
1902J.F. Gordon Dill (Physician)
1901Walter Samuel Simpson
1900Frederick John Paley (General Practitioner)
1899Robert Sanderson
1898Robert Black
1897Douglas William Giffard
1896Alfred Scott
1895John Caldwell Uhthoff
1894T. Jenner Verrall (Surgeon)
1893Sir Joseph Ewart JP
1892Willoughby Furner
1891Edward George Whittle
1890Edward Mackey
1889E. Cresswell Baber
1888W.H. Nicholls
1887F.W. Salzmann
1886E. Noble Edwards
1885Thomas Sprye Byass
1884Charles J Oldham
1883William Ainslie Hollis (Physician)
1882John Harris Ross
1881Joseph R Gasquet
1880Nathaniel Paine Blaker
1879Edward Francis Russell
1878Crawford John Pocock
1877Richard Patrick Burke Taaffe
1876Henry Penfold
1875Athol Archibald Johnstone
1874Richard Branwell
1873William Withers Moore
1872George Browne
1871John Jardine Murray
1870Charles Izard Beard
1869Henry Moon
1868Charles Bryce
1867Frederick Abell Humphry
1866Alfred Hall
1865George Frederick Hodgson
1864William Verrall
1863William Kebbell
1862Samuel King Scott
1861William Mellett Hollis
1860George Lowdell
1859Sir John Cordy Burrows (former Mayor of Brighton)
1858James William Wilson
1857Harry Mills Blaker
1856George Tatham
1855Edmund Joseph Furner
1854James Oldham
1853Edward Latham Ormerod
1852John Lawrence (Junior) and John Lawrence
1851James Annesley Hingleston
1850Thomas Bradbury Winter
1849George Samuel Jenks
1848Benjamin Vallance
1847William King