Webb-Johnson was born at Stoke, where his father was medical officer of health. He was educated at the University of Manchester, and was a surgical registrar at MRI. He joined the Middlesex Hospital in 1911, and over the years he made a major contribution to the redevelopment of the Hospital and its medical school. Knighted in 1936, he became president of the RCS in 1941. Again, Webb-Johnson displayed his administrative skills in reconstructing the College, particularly as a centre of postgraduate education. He remained president until 1949, and had been raised to the peerage the previous year. Webb-Johnson was active in medical-political debates in the House of Lords. In 1950 he became president of the Royal College of Medicine. As a surgeon, Webb-Johnson's specialism was urology, although he was noted as a skilled general surgeon.
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