Friday, March 6, 2009

In Memoriam: Henry J. Llewellyn, MD

Henry J. Llewellyn

Henry J. Llewellyn, MD, retired MGH radiologist, died Feb. 13. He was 71.

Llewellyn was a longstanding member of the MGH Radiology Department, working there from 1974 to 2008. During his tenure, he established many friendships with colleagues and patients, and made a positive impact on the Harvard Medical School students he enjoyed teaching as assistant professor of Radiology. A strong advocate for effective patient communication, Llewellyn often went to great lengths to ensure that radiology test results were passed on quickly to the patient.

A Philadelphia native, Llewellyn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in 1958 and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1962. Hecompleted an internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., and as an avid pilot, he went on a tour of duty as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Navy. Following the tour, he completed a radiology residency at Mallinckrodt Institute in St. Louis, Mo., where he became an instructor of radiology. In the early 1970s, Llewellyn moved to Rhode Island and built a successful private practice before coming to MGH in 1974 as an assistant radiologist in the Baker Radiology Service. He went on to work in several areas of the department, including the Outpatient Radiology Service. As a general radiologist with an expertise in reading plain film and CT images, Llewellyn worked closely with many services throughout the hospital. When the department was reorganized 10 years ago, he began to specialize in thoracic radiology.

Llewellyn served on a number of committees at MGH and had a particular interest in the areas of quality assurance/assessment and disaster planning. He was a member of several medical societies and networks, published several articles on diagnostic imaging and, until his retirement, served as a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine.

Llewellyn is survived by his grandniece, grandnephew, two stepchildren, and many friends, colleagues and former students. The Department of Radiology will hold a memorial service for Llewellyn April 14 from 4 to 5 pm in the Robbins Room on Founders 2.

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