Peter trained at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School after doing VSO teaching (Peace Corps) in the jungles of Borneo. He intended to become a surgeon but was side-tracked into clinical anatomy after writing “Clinical Anatomy of Practical Procedures” with Webb in 1973 which led to him being awarded a British Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Iowa (1975) in Anatomical Education.
He was Clinical Anatomist at UCL (London) and then held the same post at The University of Cambridge before becoming the Professor of Clinical Anatomy at the Kigezi International School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of Girton College Cambridge and does two days a week as an NHS family practitioner. Peter has always been involved with the developing world – having worked as an educational and anatomical consultant for WHO, Geneva, setting up a new school in Beersheba and has examined and lectured doctors and surgeons in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, the USA and throughout Europe. Since 1993 he has been Professor at St. Georges University, Grenada where he is known for his dual passions of jungle bashing and lecturing on the history of art. He has published 18 new student text books on clinical anatomy and radiology in over 70 language editions as well as more than a dozen different CDROM and DVDs in similar fields.
In 1997 he was awarded the BMA electronic publishing first prize for his Interactive Skeleton CD-ROM. Also in 2005 with Craven and Lumley he won “The Richard Asher prize” from the Royal Society of Medicine, London for the best new undergraduate medical text book. His major contributions include the McMinn “Atlas of Human Anatomy” now in its 6th edition (BMJ 2008;337:a1247) and with Weir “Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy” in its 4th edition.
Peter is married to a fit, cycling academic GP with three grown-up married daughters and grandchildren increasing by the day! He can often be found either climbing volcanoes in the jungles of St. Vincent or diving in the deep blue waters of the Caribbean.
In 2006 The AACA recognized Peter Abrahams as an international clinical anatomist, teacher, author and family doctor, and awarded him as “Honored member status “in the AACA for his distinguished career, and enthusiasm for clinical anatomy as both clinician and anatomist, and particularly in recognition of his teaching of medical students the world over, and his prolific authorship of anatomical textbooks and electronic teaching resources in many languages”.
Thrilled to be nominated by students Peter won a (WATE) Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence after only a year on campus. (see also BMJ Careers 15 minutes with…) and more recently in 2008 won First prize at the BMA Book Awards in the Basic and Clinical Science section for the Mcminn 6th Ed of his “Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy + DVD “. In 2011 awarded the National Teaching Fellowship from the HEA – the highest teaching & educational award in UK universities.