Harvey White was born in 1936. He was educated at Winchester and Magdalen College Oxford, before undertaking his medical training at St Bartholomew’s, becoming FRCS in 1970. He had previously worked as an anatomy demonstrator at University College and subsequently lectured in physiology and undertook notable physiological research at Bart’s.
Harvey became Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospital in 1976, and later held similar positions at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy and The London Clinic. He has held senior positions with several medical organisations including President of the Medical Society of London and Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology and Royal Society of Medicine. He has received many scholarships and awards in recognition of his work, including, in 2012, being the first recipient of the Royal Society of Medicine Medal – honouring his long and distinguished service to the Society. From an early stage in his career, Harvey has been involved in writing and editorial work, including numerous books and papers on oncology and medical history. He is also a frequent guest lecturer.
Harvey has also been much involved in charity work as Chairman of the Brendoncare Foundation from 1986 to 2003 and more recently of the Brendoncare Clubs for Older People, Trustee of MacMillan Cancer Care, The Haven Trust for Breast Cancer, the Fund for Refugees in Slovenia and The Duchess of Somerset’s Almshouses. He Chaired the Fundraising for major projects undertaken by the Royal Society of Medicine and was Chairman of Brendoncare during their last development appeal. His focus on care for older people since 1982 is ongoing and he continues to raise awareness and funding as Vice Patron. Having experienced dementia through two generations in his own family he believes that:
“THE BRENDONCARE ‘SHAREDCARE’ INNOVATION MAKES SENSE OF LIVING WITH DEMENTIA IN THE FAMILY”
Harvey married Diana Bannister in 1965, has a daughter, Phyllida, and son Charles. His recreations include, writing, rackets, real tennis and fishing.