College of Medicine members may have heard of the very sad death of Hugh MacPherson, who was a member of the College’s Scientific Advisory Council, Chaired by Professor Sir Stephen Holgate. Hugh passed away in August, aged 72, from pancreatic cancer.
Hugh had founded or co-founded two health clinics in York (The Northern College of Acupuncture, and The York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare on Tadcaster Road).
He was also Professor of Acupuncture Research at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.
Hugh’s main contribution was to establish a sound scientific footing for acupuncture. Aside from his professional life Hugh was a keen cyclist allotment holder and a beekeeper. Hugh was a great supporter of evidence to support various complementary medicine interventions.
Hugh was one of the UK’s most prominent figures in complementary medicine as a researcher, lecturer and practitioner. He was also a lovely person and good friend of the College.
He will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with his family.