for service to education in pathology, was awarded to Dr Basil Morson at the 95th Scientific Meeting of the Division, at the Dinner held at the Royal College of Surgeons on Friday 25th November 2005.
The award was made by the current President of the Division, Professor Chris Elston.
The Presidents medal is a new award which has been introduced to honour a member of the Division who has made an outstanding contribution to pathology education. The inaugural recipient is Dr Basil Morson CBE, President of the BDIAP from 1979-1980. Basil has left an indelible mark in gastro-intestinal education in both pathology and clinical circles, the latter exemplified by the fact that he was the first pathologist to be elected as President of the British Society of Gastroenterology( BSG). He followed an illustrious predecessor, Dr Cuthbert Dukes, as Head of Pathology at St Marks Hospital, London in 1956 and when he retired in 1985 the department had acquired a unique international reputation for its teaching and research. Very many pathologists have cause to be grateful to Basil for the wisdom and common sense contained in his numerous original publications and, of course, his flagship textbook ' Morson and Dawson's Gastrointestinal Pathology. Even though he retired officially some 20 years ago he continues to be active in gastro-intestinal pathology education and is a regular attendee at BSG meetings at which there is an annual Basil Morson Lecture, given in his honour by eminent gastro-intestinal pathologists from the UK and abroad. We are proud of his membership of the BDIAP.
On the same occasion, the Cunningham Medal for service to education in pathology was awarded to Professor Sir James Underwood.