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Dr William Kinnear Stewart consultant physician1

M, #17729, b. 26 April 1926, d. 23 February 2014
Last Edited: 5 Feb 2022


  • (Child) Birth*: Dr William Kinnear Stewart consultant physician was born on 26 April 1926 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .3
  • He was the son of William Kinnear Stewart lecturer in navigation and Williamina Margaret Smith restaurant waitress.2
  • (Deceased) Death*: Dr William Kinnear Stewart consultant physician died on 23 February 2014 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , at age 87.3
  • Obituary: The obituary of Dr William Kinnear Stewart consultant physician was was published on 23 February 2014 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, . William Kinnear Stewart
    MB ChB St Andrews(1948) MRCP(1953) MRCP Ed(1966) FRCP Ed(1970) MD(1972) FRCP(1974) PhD Dundee(1980)
    28 April 1926 – 23 February 2014

    William Kinnear Stewart (‘Bill’) was born in Dundee and practised there as a consultant physician for most of his professional life. His father, also William Kinnear Stewart, was a master mariner and his mother, Williamina Margaret née Smith, was the daughter of John William Smith, a sailor. After attending Morgan Academy in Dundee, he studied medicine at St Andrews University and the Dundee Royal Infirmary, qualifying MB ChB in 1948.

    After a year as a house officer at the Royal Infirmary, he joined the Royal Navy to do his National Service, returning to St Andrews in 1951 to become a lecturer in pathology. Three years later he was appointed registrar in medicine at the Infirmary and spent a year from 1956 to 1957 as a research fellow at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston, USA. There he worked with Arnold (‘Bud’) Relman who was the inspirational editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. On his return he rejoined the academic staff of the university, becoming reader in medicine and was eventually appointed consultant physician at the Royal Infirmary in 1963.

    Interested in the new technique of haemodialysis, he spent some time at the London Hospital and donated to their pathology department much needed supplies of haemalum. An energetic and conscientious man, he singlehandedly founded and ran the dialysis service for Tayside and the wider area for over twenty years, during which time he constructed his own artificial kidneys. Publishing widely especially on haemodialysis and renal disorders, he was known for his careful attention to detail and his rapport with his patients. He was a member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and latterly a part time medical director of the Scottish Occupational and Environmental Health Service.

    Unmarried, he had many female friends. Attending the theatre and listening to music were some of his favourite pastimes and he also enjoyed playing the stock market.

    On his death on 23 February 2014, he was survived by his cousin, Mrs Fiona Shepherd.
    RCP Editor
    Courtesy Royal College of Physicians London, Munk’s Roll, Volume XII, page web.3


  • (Awarded to) DGA Memorial Award: Dr William Kinnear Stewart consultant physician was awarded the The Douglas Adamson Memorial Award in 1988 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, . Award for Dr Stewart
    DR WILLIAM K. STEWART, reader in the department of medicine at Dundee University and honorary consultant physician at Ninewells Hospital, has been awarded the 1988 Douglas G. Adamson Memorial Prize.
    Dr Stewart, a St Andrews graduate, was appointed senior lecturer in medicine in 1962 and since then his interests have centred on renal failure, modes of dialysis and related clinical problems.
    He undertook the development of a renal unit in Dundee and began the first maintenance haemodialysis in Tayside in the middle 1960s.
    The development of dialysis techniques in their various forms have been established at Dr Stewart's instigation.
    The unit has grown and now has upwards of 30 members of staff.
    The prize is awarded annually on the basis of an outstanding contribution to patient care in Tayside.1


  1. [S43] DGA Memorial Award Adamson family personal archives [June 2021].
  2. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), Statutory Marriage 1925 Dundee St Clement ref 282/2 203 image held [June 2021].
  3. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) Courtesy Royal College of Physicians London, Munk’s Roll, Volume XII, page web [June 2021].