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Obituary – Professor Arnold Maran


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11 Dec 2017

I wanted to let you know that Professor Arnold Maran passed away on 10 December 2017 after a short illness. Professor Maran was President of our College between 1997 and 2000 and during that time made huge contributions taking the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh forward. I am sure that you will join me in expressing our most sincere condolences to the family.

Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Eminent ENT cancer surgeon Professor Arnold Maran, dubbed the voice doctor for his treatment of patients with damaged vocal cords, set up Scotland's first voice centre at the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the late 1980s. Edinburgh Festival leaders credited him with saving numerous careers and shows after treating famous singers. He was a musician and jazz enthusiast – his passions for medicine and music came together in his books The Singer, The Song and The Surgeon and The Voice Doctor – The Story of Singing.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1959 with an MB ChB, he continued his surgical training in Edinburgh, passing the specialty fellowship examination in Otorhinolaryngology in 1963. In recognition of his research, the University of Edinburgh awarded him the degree of Doctor of Medicine with commendation. He went to the USA for post-fellowship training and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1975 for his achievements in surgery.

After returning to Edinburgh, he was appointed the first Professor of Otolaryngology and became President of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Otolaryngological Society, and the Laryngology section of the Royal Society of Medicine. His election as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1997 shows the high esteem in which he was held.


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