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Sarah Clarke: Determined and convivial

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2878 (Published 03 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2878


Sarah Clarke is an interventional cardiologist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, who has achieved considerable success at the British Cardiovascular Society, becoming the first woman to be elected to the presidency in the society’s 80 year history. For her, all roads lead to Cambridge: she trained there, was a fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, and then returned as a consultant cardiologist. As clinical director for cardiac services and then strategic development she established primary angioplasty across the east of England and has a major role in planning the trust’s move to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2017.

What was your earliest ambition?

I was born the year Tomorrow’s World started, and as a child my earliest ambition was to be a presenter on the programme. I was always interested in science and technology.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My late father, who instilled hard work and determination in me as a means to success; and Iain Simpson, consultant cardiologist and …

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