Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
Mr Richard Tankard Sears
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
1981 - 1982
Mr Richard (Dick) Tankard Sears was a popular choice for the Presidency of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society for the 1981/2 session. Being appointed consultant he was already well-known in the City having worked in Nottingham earlier as a Registrar. Before the expansion of medical services associated with the new Medical School in nearly 70s, he, along with his colleagues, had shouldered an enormous burden of clinical work with limited resources and junior staff. It is a measure of the man that even with improved staffing and facilities he continued throughout his professional lifetime to continue with his heavy workload being well-known to give a personal service to all his patients.
Dick Sears was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School and Epsom College, the latter school being famous for nurturing future doctors. From there he went up to Emmanuel College Cambridge and completed his medical studies at the Middlesex Hospital London, qualifying MB, BCh (Cantab) in 1948.
Having decided to become an obstetrician and gynaecologist he passed the Membership to the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologist's examination in 1964 and the Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons examinations the following year. He came to Nottingham firstly as a registrar at the City Hospital and moved to a senior registrarship at the Jessop Hospital, before returning to Nottingham as a consultant.
In his presidential year Dick Sears recruited local doctors to describe their hobbies outside medicine. Many will remember with pleasure the erudite and entertaining lecture on local archaeology given by Dr Salisbury about his studies of the River Trent.