Vaughan Pendred

Vaughan Pendred (1869–1946)

Vaughan Pendred (1869–1946) was an English general practitioner

Pendred first described the syndrome of bilateral sensorineural hearing loss with goitre (Pendred syndrome) in an Irish family living in Durham in 1896.

Initially describing the condition as ‘Deaf-Mutism and Goitre’ he reported on 2 sisters whose goitre was such that it frequently caused ‘Dyspnoeic attacks’.

  • Born 10 August 1869, London, attended Westminster School.
  • 1893 – MRCS, LRCP Newcastle-upon-Tyne Medical School
  • 1896 – MB (hons), Durham; FRCS
  • 1901 – MD, Durham
  • Obstetric resident and house surgeon, Guy’s Hospital.
  • General practice first in Buckingham, then Coventry before working in East Sheen (London) between 1913 and 1936.
  • Vice-president of the West London Medico-chirurgical Society
  • 1933-1934 Chairman of the Richmond division of the British Medical Association
  • Died 1 February 1946, Farnham

Medical Eponyms
Pendred syndrome (1896)

Pendred syndrome: autosomal recessive genetic disorder (chromosome 7q31), characterized by congenital sensorineural deafness and goitre.

Major Publications



the person behind the name

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 |

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.