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Ian Forgacs: Loves skinny dipping

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i171 (Published 17 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i171


Ian Forgacs got a gut feeling in his second term at medical school. So compelling was his love affair with the GI tract that he seems to have paid most other systems only sufficient attention to satisfy his examiners. Today he is consultant gastroenterologist at King’s College Hospital and president of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He enjoyed many years on the editorial committees of The BMJ and Gut and has more recently been at the forefront of improving training programmes in his specialty—transforming them from the days when he was shown a scope and an orifice and told to get on with it.

What was your earliest ambition?

To play football for England. Most unlikely now to be fulfilled, but hope springs eternal.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

I spent my student elective with Howard Spiro, chief of gastroenterology at …

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