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Robin Stott: Focused, rebellious, receptive

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1691 (Published 01 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1691


Robin Stott has been a physician, medical director, and dean at Lewisham Hospital in London. He is now retired but still active in organisations promoting financial, social, and environmental justice. He is co-chair of the BMJ-inspired Climate and Health Council and also chairs C3, a charity that aims to improve health by collaborating widely with business, doctors, nurses, and local organisations to promote healthier behaviours. His moment of international fame came in 1987 when he filmed Mathias Rust, the eccentric German pilot, landing a light plane near Red Square in Moscow—an exploit that embarrassed Soviet military officials and enabled Mikhail Gorbachev to move against them. Stott is 73.

What was your earliest ambition?

To score a try under the posts while playing rugby for my school. I didn’t.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Michael Price, a physician at Lewisham Hospital, who taught me that open mindedness, constructive dissidence, and empathy are …

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