George Alberti: Laid back, iconoclastic, irreverentBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2331 (Published 27 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2331
George Alberti has been a force in national health policy for nearly 20 years, first as president of the Royal College of Physicians and then as national clinical director for emergency access, where he championed the development of fewer but better resourced emergency units, backed up by local urgent care centres for less severe cases. The idea took time, but it is now accepted. A specialist in diabetes with a particular interest in sub-Saharan Africa, Alberti has held chairs in Southampton and Newcastle, where he was latterly dean of medicine. He was also chair at Diabetes UK, the International Diabetes Federation, and King’s College Hospital. He is currently senior research investigator at Imperial College and visiting professor at King’s College.
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