Professor Graham Ramsey


We regret to announce the death of Professor Graham Ramsay, who died in hospital on September 6th 2018. He had been in deteriorating health for some years.

Graham was President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) from 2004 - 2006. His achievements included creating the PACT programme, and founding the Surviving Sepsis Campaign jointly with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and other partners. These two legacies alone would ensure that his memory will live on in the intensive care community. Training initially as a surgeon in Glasgow, he developed an increasing interest in intensive care and in research, working under Professor Iain Ledingham on the Shock Team, where he conducted both basic science and clinical research with a particular interest in sepsis and infection prevention. Following senior clinical academic appointments, he took on chief executive roles in the UK National Health Service (NHS) before retiring in 2014.

Graham was an exceptionally hard-working, creative, and collaborative leader who was capable of taking difficult decisions while respecting and supporting the views of others. A compassionate and caring doctor, he transformed the lives of his patients and acted as an important role model to junior colleagues. His Glasweigian demeanour was soon penetrated to reveal his warm sense of humour and great kindness to others. He'll be remembered with affection and respect by all those who knew him; and by his friends and family with great love.

Professor Julian Bion, OBE FRCP FRCA FFICM MD, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University of Birmingham.