Dr Brian Arthur Sellick
Dr Brian Arthur Sellick FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA
13/06/1918 - 13/07/1996
Place of birth: Dorking, Surrey
Education and qualifications
Caterham School, Middlesex Hospital
Primary medical qualification(s)
MRCS LRCP 1941
Initial Fellowship and type
FFARCS by Election
Year of Fellowship
Professional life and career
1941-March 1942 Junior Resident Anaesthetist, Middlesex Hospital
March 1942-June 1944 Senior Resident Anaesthetist, Middlesex Hospital
June 1944- 1946 Specialist Anaesthetist, Surgeon Lieutenant RNVR Far East and Australia
1946-1948 Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist, Middlesex Hospital, Harefield Hospital and Royal Masonic Hospital
1948-78 Consultant Anaesthetist, Middlesex Hospital
Professional interests and activities
1962-78 Board Member, Faculty of Anaesthetists, RCS
1972-74 Vice-Dean, Faculty of Anaesthetists, RCS
1961-63 Member Council of Section of Anaesthesia RSM.
1975-77 Secretary, Section of Anaesthesia RSM
Great interest in cardiac anaesthesia; introduced vertical screen oxygenator to UK and expert in use of hypothermia for cardiac surgery.
Introduced concept of cricoid pressure to prevent passive regurgitation of gastric contents, which became known as Sellick’s Manoeuvre
1975 Hewitt Lecturer, Faculty of Anaesthetists, RCS
1989 Gold Medal, Royal College of Anaesthetists
1993 Hickman Medal, Section of Anaesthesia, RSM
Other biographical information
Married Florence MH Yarnell/Liddell in 1943 and they had three sons.
Chairman of South Hams Society interested in conservation of Knightsbridge area of Devon.
Member of local history society and the Devonshire Association.
Keen gardener and skilled in working with wood having an extensive workshop.
Regular theatre and concert attendee.
Author and sources
Author: David Wilkinson
Sources and comments:
 Pallister WK. Obituary Brian Arthur Sellick. Anaesthesia 1996; 51: 1194-1195.
 Baskett PJF, Baskett TF. Brian Sellick, Cricoid pressure and Sellick Manouevre in Resuscitation Greats. Edited by Baskett PJF, Baskett TF. Clinical Press Limited. 2007. 286-288.