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Graeme Catto: Resilient, realistic, interested

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i664 (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i664

Biography

Graeme Catto, 70, is living disproof of PG Wodehouse’s dictum that it’s never hard to tell the difference between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine. It takes a man of true urbanity and wit to survive long service in the General Medical Council—where he was president and then chair—with sense of humour intact. An Aberdonian, Catto specialised in kidney disease and transplantation, with a strong interest in medical education, and in 2000 he became dean of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in London. In 2009 he was founder president of the College of Medicine, which raised eyebrows, as it was seen as the heir to the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health. He is a patron and former chair of Dignity in Dying.

What was your earliest ambition?

To discover what my father was doing in the GP surgery attached to our home. The smell, …

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