Obituary: Professor Roger Blamey
BASO is sad to report the death of a former President of the Association
The surgeon who performed the first-ever kidney transplant in
Nottingham has died, at the age of 79. Professor Roger Blamey
was also a pioneer when it came to research into breast
cancer. He was behind the opening of the Nottingham Breast
Institute at the City Hospital, which provides diagnosis and
treatment clinics. Prof Blamey started work at the City Hospital in
August 1973. Just six months later, he performed the first kidney
transplant in the city.
Prof Blamey's CV includes his work on different treatments for
different types of breast cancer, which led to the publication of
the Nottingham prognostic index. He retired from surgery early
in the last decade, but was still held in high regard among medical
Prof Blamey was President of BASO in 1998 and 1999.
Prof Blamey had been married to Norma for 55 years, and
they had three children - Sarah, Eleanor and Edmund - and six
granddaughters. He died on 1 September, 2014 after a
long battle with illness.