Barbara Mary Ansell (1923 - 2001)

Barbara Mary Ansell (1923 – 2001) was an English paediatric rheumatologist

Referred to as the founder of paediatric rheumatology; a pioneer in the development of paediatric rheumatology as a recognised sub-specialty in the UK. Expert in defining different forms of idiopathic arthritis of childhood, and improving their management.

  • Born 30 August 1923 in Warwick, England
  • 1946 – MB BS, Birmingham University medical school
  • 1984 – Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • 1997 – James Spence Medal – for outstanding contributions to the advancement or clarification of paediatric knowledge.
  • Died 14 September 2001

Medical Eponyms
Ansell-Bywaters-Elderking syndrome (1975)

Familial arthropathy with rash, uveitis and mental retardation.

Major Publications


BBC Pioneers of Science 1996 – Dr Barbara Mary Ansell, CBE, FRCP, FRCS, FRCPCH

British doctor (BMBS) training in Emergency Medicine in Perth, Australia.

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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