Dr James Vincent Mitchell

Personal Details

Dr James Vincent Mitchell MBBS FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

25/04/1917 to 11/06/1983

Place of birth: Hartismere, Suffolk

Nationality: British

CRN: 715597

Education and qualifications

General education

Weymouth College; Middlesex Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBBS, London, 1940

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

MRCS LRCP, 1940; DA(RCP&S), 1941

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Early appointments were as house surgeon & casualty officer and house anaesthetist at the Radcliffe Infirmary, He joined the RAFVR in 1942, serving for some time in Burma and becoming an anaesthetic specialist before returning to the Nuffield Department as assistant in 1947. Appointed a consultant in 1948, initially to the Radcliffe, later to the United Oxford Hospitals, he also became clinical lecturer to the University. He retired in 1979.

Professional interests and activities

In 1952 he published (reference below) details of his eponymous needle, an early device for reliable indwelling venous access only bettered once disposable items became available. His other major contribution was as Regional Educational Advisor for the Faculty (1969-79) during which time the training of anaesthetists in the region was re-organised and updated. He was an examiner for the DA from 1974.

Other biographical information

Married Peggy Bliss, and they had four sons & two daughters.

Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Ancestry.co.uk | Archives of University College, London | Medical Directory | Beinhart J. A History of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford 1937-1987 OUP, 1987. ISBN 0-19-261648-X (Plate 9 shows Mitchell working in wartime conditions). | Mitchell JV. Self-sealing intravenous needle. Anaesthesia 1952; 7: 258-9