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Professor Anthony Bewley

Professor Bewley is a Consultant Dermatologist at Barts Health NHS Trust. He is an Honorary Professor at Queen Mary University London.

Best piece of advice?

“I suggest taking time out every 5-10 years and don’t do medicine – take a sabbatical. I have had two or three periods of about 3 months where I take time out from medicine. The fear is that you will become deskilled, you’ll forget it all, people won’t remember who you are etc but on your first day back it will all be there waiting for you.”

Sir Terence English

Sir Terence English KBE was responsible for establishing the internationally renowned heart transplant programme at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge, where he performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant in 1979.

You were knighted in 1991…

“It was a wonderful honour. I had actually met Her Majesty The Queen once before at a private lunch at Buckingham Palace in 1986 as one of a dozen people from various professions. I sat next to her and was mindful of the advice not to open conversation. However, after a particular long silence I told her how I had first seen her when she visited South Africa in 1947 with the Royal Family and I was a schoolboy participating in a gym display in their honour. After that the conversation flowed easily while she talked enthusiastically about her time in South Africa!”

Professor Chris Mathias

Professor Chris Mathias is a professor of neurovascular medicine. He is recognised as a leader in the field of autonomic research and its implementation in clinical practice.

You have seen incredible advances in technology…

“When doing my DPhil research in Stoke Mandeville, to measure blood pressure continuously you had to put a needle into an artery which was not easy even if experienced and not so if you were a youngster as I was in those days.

“At the end of 1980, I was a visiting professor in Amsterdam and they were finalising their work on Pulse-Doppler – a technique where you put the cap over the finger to measure blood pressure and heart rate continuously. It was non-invasive and reproduceable. We were able to get one of the prototype machines in 89 and 90.

“One of the papers in our journal was on a BBC Producer who would faint when he looked up at the studio lights. Nobody knew why this happened even when he was tested by eminent cardiologists and neurologists. We put him onto this machine and realised that when he looked up at the lights, he constricted his Carotid Artery in his neck. This case showed the value of this machine.”

Professor Charles Knight

Professor Charles Knight is a consultant cardiologist and chief executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust. In March 2020, Charles was seconded as CEO of NHS Nightingale Hospital London, established to care for patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You were awarded the Freedom of the City of London for your role in the NHS’s response to the pandemic and went on to receive an OBE…

“The OBE was for services to heart disease. Not only is this an amazing honour but when it was announced, many former colleagues who I had not spoken to in a long time got in touch which was so lovely. I was one of five members of staff from St Bartholomew’s Hospital to receive the Freedom of the City of London as a thank you for the response during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Officially, the Freedom is awarded by the City of London Corporation to celebrate a contribution to London or public life. The awards celebrate the centuries-long partnership between the City and its hospital so it was a real honour, particularly as the support of the City of London was crucial to us during the pandemic.”

Sir Marcus Setchell

Sir Marcus Setchell, 70, is the former surgeon gynaecologist to the Royal Household and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Orders (KCVO) – an honour given as the personal gift of Her Majesty the Queen. Sir Marcus delivered Prince George in July 2013 and retired from his post in January 2014.

Why medicine?

“I probably first became interested in medicine as a career when I had a prolonged stay in hospital at the age of 13. I was fascinated not so much by medicine itself as the routines of ward rounds and hospital, the personnel and the other patients. Then at senior school I had particularly inspiring teachers of biology and found it the most interesting of the sciences and so medicine seemed the obvious practical application.

Dr Michael Turner

Dr Michael Turner is the Medical Director of The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF) and has been a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Expert Group since 2014. He served as the Chief Medical Adviser to the Lawn Tennis Association and British Horseracing Authority for over 20 years until his retirement.

What are the highlights of working with some of UK’s great sporting organisations?

“There are moments of absolute joy – such as working with the team who won the Davis Cup in 2015, the first time GB had won in 79 years. The team, including Andy Murray and captain, Leon Smith, went on to win the BBC Sports Team of the Year in their annual Sports Personality awards.

“This is balanced by the downsides which are dealing with matters which for the general public might be trivial, such as catching a cold, but are of huge importance to an athlete and may mean he or she cannot participate in the event for which they have been training long and hard.

“The other issue is that everyone wants your job! Young people entering sports medicine are naturally ambitious and would like to secure a role with a top organisation. You must explain that first they need to look after a local team for no pay and show up in filthy weather every weekend. I compare it to going to church and expecting to become the Pope.”

Dr Sean White

Dr Sean White qualified in 1988 from The London Hospital Medical College, part of The University of London. He initially specialised in anaesthetics before following sub-speciality training in Pain Medicine.

Why medicine?

“I remember exactly the day I chose medicine. I was 15, sitting with my best mate Matthew Williams in one of the few careers lessons that we had at school. We looked at a booklet which detailed colleges and universities and the projected grades at ‘A’ level that one would need to be accepted.

“Neither of us had a clue what we wanted to do as a career. I suggested that it would be best to go to college for as long as possible and avoid work altogether. Matt looked up the longest course he could find. ‘Veterinary Science’. I asked him what grades we would need. Matt just laughed. What’s second longest? Medicine. Five-year course – B and 2Cs. The rest is history. By chance we both ended up at The London Medical College.”

Professor Jonathan Waxman

Professor Jonathan Waxman is professor of oncology at Imperial College and Hammersmith Hospital, London, and has a private practice at the LOC in Harley Street. Jonathan is life president of Prostate Cancer UK.

Do you have any hobbies to help you switch off?

“I write fiction and am pleased to have been published. My first book ‘Elephant in the Room’ is a collection of short stories based on the relationship between patients and their doctors. The second book is ‘MacLeod’s Introduction to Medicine: A Doctor’s Memoir’ which gives the reader an insight into the humorous side of a doctor’s life before the dawn of management!”

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