Dr Roy Palmer


Dr Roy Palmer

Dr Roy Palmer qualified in medicine from the London Hospital Medical College (now part of the Bart’s/London/Queen Mary’s conglomerate) and entered general practice. As a part-time interest whilst in practice he read law, obtaining a law degree and passing the Bar examinations. He joined the staff of the Medical Protection Society in 1973 as what was then an assistant secretary (now a medico-legal adviser) and served there for 26 years, the last 10 of which were as the MPS medical director. 

His coronial career began in 1999 and he was coroner for south London from 2001-2014. Past appointments have included the presidencies of the Clinical Forensic and Legal Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Medico-Legal Society, the South-Eastern England Coroners Society and the Medical Society of London. He is a Past-Master of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, which still sets many medical examinations including the DFMS and the DMJ(Path). He joined BAFS in 1982 when Professor "Taffy" Cameron was a leading light. Roy was first elected to the EC in 1995 and stood until 1998. He was then co-opted in 2006 and became president between 2009 and 2011 and stayed on the board as previous past president, more recently being co-opted back on to the EC after his term expired.

Dr Palmer is currently an Assistant Coroner in the City of London and a Trustee of the Medical Society of London.

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