Barbara Ansell

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


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