Fiona Godlee

Fiona Godlee

Fiona Godlee has been The BMJ's editor in chief since 2005.

She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Since joining The BMJ in 1990 she has written on a broad range of issues, including the impact of environmental degradation on health, the future of the World Health Organization, the ethics of academic publication, and the problems of editorial peer review. In 1994 she spent a year at Harvard University as a Harkness fellow, evaluating efforts to bridge the gap between medical research and practice.

On returning to the UK, she led the development of BMJ Clinical Evidence, which evaluates the best available evidence on the benefits and harms of treatments and is now provided in 9 languages worldwide to over a million clinicians. In 2000 she moved to Current Science Group to establish the open access online publisher BioMed Central as editorial director for medicine. In 2003 she returned to BMJ to head up its new Knowledge division. She has served as president of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences.

She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

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Competing Interests

Have you in the past five years accepted the following from an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in the The BMJ?

a) Reimbursement for attending a symposium?
No

b) A fee for speaking?
No

c) A fee for organising education?
No

d) Funds for research?
No

e) Funds for a member of staff?
No

f) Fees for consulting?
No

Have you in the past five years been employed by any organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in The BMJ?
No

a) Do you hold any stocks or shares in an organisation?
No

b) Do you have any other competing financial interests?
No

c) I have the following competing interests
I am a director and member of the board of BMJ. I am vice-chair and on the board and executive of the Climate and Health Council. I am on the advisory board for the Nordic Cochrane Centre.