In Memoriam: Shaun Roy Jackson (MBChB 1981)

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Shaun Jackson in his garden, holding a cup of tea

13 November 1956 – 12th October 2021 

Born in Sheffield in 1956, Shaun attended Shirecliffe Primary School before moving with his family to Manchester at the age of 11 where he attended Stand Grammar School in Whitefield. 

He came to the University of Liverpool to study medicine in 1976 and in 1977 moved into the legendary No6 student house in Sefton Park, where he stayed for the next 4 years.  The students he shared with there remained life-long friends, many attending his funeral and others from afar via web link. 

Upon graduating in 1981, Shaun remained in Liverpool, unusually completing most of his rotations through the various grades in the city region.  He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (ED) in 1987. 

Shaun went on to train in Head and Neck Surgery in Liverpool under the esteemed Professor Stell, forging both a professional and personal friendship throughout Prof Stell’s life.  In1991, he went to Zurich to undertake further surgical training with Professor Ugo Fisch. 

He began his Consultant career at Whiston Hospital before moving to Aintree Hospital, where he was Clinical Director for 12 years. 

Shaun went on to become an eminent and highly respected surgeon and inspirational trainer. A Fellowship student who he worked with remembered him as “the first consultant who asked me to call him Shaun. I couldn’t bring myself to do so until I was a consultant myself.” 

Shaun was one of the driving forces behind the clinical development of Liverpool’s Head and Neck Centre, who have named a Head and Neck Fellowship in Shaun’s memory. His colleagues there best encapsulate Shaun’s commitment to Liverpool. 

“His long and influential presence in the region, coupled with his larger than life personality, ensured that he was known and loved by many in the Liverpool medical family.” 

Shaun retired at 60, but remained at Aintree Hospital removing facial cancers.  He volunteered as an Anatomy Demonstrator at the University of Liverpool where he was well respected by both staff and students alike. The School of Medicine was proud to name their annual School Prize in Clinical Anatomy after Shaun.  

Retirement gave Shaun time to continue his hobbies which he had enjoyed throughout his life, including Astronomy, Palaeontology and narrow boating.  He was a true Polymath with an amazing quick wit, sense of humour and infectious laugh, and an outstanding husband and father. 

Shaun passed away all too quickly and unexpectedly at the age of 64. He is survived and much missed by his wife Ann-Marie and his three sons Jake, Elliot & Hugo.