Mark Porter: A covert petrolheadBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i68 (Published 03 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i68
Mark Porter, 53, is a GP with a high media profile. He presents BBC Radio 4’s flagship medical series Inside Health, is a reporter for the One Show, and is medical correspondent for the Times. He is in practice at Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, where the sight of a patient waving one of his cuttings must be a frequent experience. Porter also applies his healing hands to old cars, confessing that, if he was exiled to a desert island and was not allowed to take his wife, he’d settle for a Porsche 911 of 1970 vintage and the tools to tinker with it. He isn’t the BMA chair; that’s a different Mark Porter.
What was your earliest ambition?
To marry Gerry Knight, but I was only 5.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Too many to …