MD, MS, FRCS
1920 - 1992
Summarised from Plarr's "Lives of the Fellows Online"
Keith Yeates was born in Helensburgh, Scotland on 10 March 1920. He first attended the Glasgow Academy but was then moved to Whitley Bay Grammar School. He read medicine at the Medical School of King's College Newcastle, University of Durham, qualifying in 1942, followed by a series of resident appointments at the Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle. There he came under the influence of Pybus and Wardill, who taught him to use the "cold punch" for transurethral prostatectomy. His interest in urology was strengthened by a year at St Peter's and St Paul's Hospitals in London and in 1952 soon after his return to the north he was appointed Consultant Urologist to the Newcastle General Hospital.
Yeates made some important contributions to the understanding of bladder dysfunction and andrology but his considerable influence on the development of British urology stemmed less from his writing than from his personal teaching, his work over many years for the British Association of Urological Surgeons (President,1980 - 1982 & the St Peter's Medal, 1983) and his editorship of the British Journal of Urology. In the 1980s, he played an important role in promoting the changes in postgraduate training and, as first Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board in Urology, he helped to launch the new FRCS Urol. The Yeates medal is still awarded to the best candidate in this examination.
Keith Yeates died on 2 July 1992.
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