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The Croydon Medical Society
The Croydon Medical Society has been a forum for Doctors in Croydon since it was founded in 1832 by General Practitioners. Its aim then was reviewing the latest scientific publications.
Today, it is a vibrant discussion forum for all manner of medical matters and current affairs as well as an opportunity to socialise. Membership is open to current and retired GPs and Hospital Consultants living and or practising in the Borough of Croydon for at least two years.
The earliest record of the Croydon Medical Society is from 1832. At the time, Croydon was a small, rundown town of 8,000 people.
Since 1832 the Croydon Medical Society has provided a forum for Hospital Consultants and GP’s to meet on a regular basis to discuss current medical topics and to socialise.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Croydon Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to those that have significantly contributed, on a sustained basis, to the development of health and health services for Croydon patients.
Christmas Quiz Evening 2019 There was an excellent turnout to this year's Quiz Night. It was held at The Cedars School with 55 members and guests taking part. It was a fun evening and highly competitive. The Grinch also made an appearance and trashed our President's...
Learning from History: Primary Care Reforms’, using Art to explain. Our second meeting took place on Wednesday 13th November at the Cedars School. There was a short agenda prior to the Speaker’s talk. Dr Dev Malhotra was introduced as a new member Dr John Spicer and...
Making decisions about feeding tubes for vegetative & minimally conscious patients: law, ethics and professional guidance Professor Jenny Kitzinger was our October Speaker and she talked about decision making in tube fed patients who have prolonged disorders of...
Interested in Becoming a Member?
We welcome Hospital Consultants (both current and retired) and GPs who live or work in Croydon
Dr Peter Boffa
President 2019 - 2020
Mr Abdul Sultan
Vice President 2019 - 2020
Mr Kambiz Hashemi
President Elect 2019 - 2020
Mrs Anne Pilkington
Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer
Peter was born and bred in Croydon attending Selhurst Grammar School which latterly became the Fame School of Performing arts sometime after his departure.
He qualified in 1976 at St Georges Hospital, at the time it was transitioning to Tooting but was fortunate to spend around half of his clinical training at Hyde Park Corner site. House jobs followed at the now closed St James Hospital and Mayday with Mr Bradbeer and Mr Pendower.
General medicine followed, he was Rupert Courtenay-Evans registrar for 2 years, prior to 3 years doing thoracic medicine at Papworth and Addenbrookes Hospitals in Cambridge. He switched to general practice and did a year as a trainee in Purley with Dr Betty Bass (Woodcote Practice) and 6 months obs/gynae at Redhill, after which he became a partner at the Old Coulsdon Medical Practice, where he has been since 1985.
Peter is a member of the LMC and was Chairman for about 8 years. He has served on FPCs, FHSAs, Health Authority, PCGs, PEC and is currently Chair of the CCG’s Council of Members. He was a trainer for around 20 years as well as having a stint as an Appraiser at the onset of the process.
He retired as the Senior Partner in his practice but continues in a salaried role 3 days per week.
Abdul Sultan is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with a special interest in urogynaecology. He has been based at Croydon University Hospital since August 1996.
Anne retired a few years ago from a career spanning 30 years of working as a Private Medical Secretary/PA. For 10 years she worked in the NHS and then, for the next 22 years, for a very busy Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. Anne has been married to Michael, a retired Golf Club Pro, for over 40 years and they have three children and five grand-children. Hobbies include photography, gardening, travelling and volunteering.
Dr John Manners
Dr Sabitha Michael
Elected Member and Social Secretary
Miss Heather Allen-Coward
Dr Nick Cambridge
Nick is a retired GP and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham. He is a Trustee and Editor of the Medical Society of London Transactions and a past President. In 2017 he was the Dr T J (Jock) Murray Visiting Scholar in Medical Humanities at Dalhousie University, Canada and gave a lecture to Gresham College, London. He is Chairman of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation, the William Shipley Group for RSA History, the Charles Bell Group, Chairman of The Middlesex Hospital Celebrations and Vice President of the Johnson Society of London. He is a past President of the Croydon Medical Society, the Hunterian Society and the History of Medicine Section at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Khalid Khan
Dr Mike Mendall
Mr Emmanuel Ofuasia
Dr Louise Newlands
Dr Khalid Khan has been a Principal in General Practice at the Parkside Group Practice in South Croydon since 1997.
He is a GP trainer, tutor for King's College London School of Medicine and a former community pharmacist. He is former Board member of the South Croydon Primary Care Group(PCG) and of the South London Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP.)
Dr Khan is Fellow of the RCGP; Fellow and Steering Committee Member for the Chinese Medical Institute and Register (C.M.I.R.), a Licensed NLP Trainer and author of Mnemonics & Study Tips for Medical Students (CRC Press). He is current Quizmeister of the Croydon Medical Society.
I qualified from Cambridge University and the Middlesex Hospital in 1985 and currently still work as a consultant gastroenterologist at Croydon University Hospital. Exploration and the new are my great loves and administration my great hate.
I was a member of the Cambridge Travellers and Explorers Club and organized an expedition to Zanskar in the Indian Himalayas in 1981. I was the first to discover an old unused route across the Himalayas, providing the Indian ministry of Tourism with the first description of the route. I have been to the central Congo, have crossed the Sahara, climbed the Hoggar mountains, and visited Mongolia and Tibet more recently.
In medicine, I have had an active research career crossing many different disciplines. I was the first to prove that Helicobacter pylori was mainly acquired in childhood with little on the way of acquisition in adulthood, the first to show that most cardiovascular risk factors were the result of chronic inflammation, the first to show that bowel inflammation is affected by exercise, fibre intake and obesity which are all risk factors for colorectal cancer, and the first to show that counterintuitively obesity is risk factor for the development of Crohn’s disease. Enthusiasm for the novel led me down one blind alley, being the first to propose that Helicobacter pylori infection is a risk factor for coronary heart disease. The association turned out to be the result of residual confounding but nevertheless it was the forerunner of the contemporary interest in the role of gut flora in the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease.
Born and bred in Croydon, Louise returned to her roots in 2014 after qualifying from Imperial College and completing foundation training in North-West London.
She dabbled in a career in hospital medicine with the MRCP, but soon found her true calling as a GP and has been working in a salaried post at Greenside and Lennard Road practices in West Croydon since 2017.
Louise enjoys speaking French and worked with GPs in the Loire region as part of an Erasmus exchange programme during her training. She is an avid musician; she plays the bassoon, piano and, more recently, percussion with her 1 year old son!
Dr John Spicer
John Spicer qualified from the Middlesex Hospital in 1977, spending the few years thereafter in various hospital posts in the Midlands, before washing up in Croydon as a GP trainee with Albert Nawrocki in 1981. He started working at Woodside Health Centre, South Norwood in 1985 after a couple of years travelling and working overseas. He's still there, at the time of writing ! Other medical interests have included undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in which he's had various roles, leading to being Head of Primary Care Education for HEE South London. He is still a teacher of, and writer about, medical ethics, and is particularly proud of A Handbook of Primary Care Ethics: a large book published in 2018 and winner of a BMA prize. He is very interested in the arts and medicine [being a mediocre guitarist] and a trustee/director of the London Arts and Health Forum.
We look forward to hearing from you.