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Kalipso Chalkidou: Internationally NICE

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 29 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4129


Kalipso Chalkidou, 39, is the founding director of NICE International, set up to spread internationally the approach to value for money in medicine pioneered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Born in Greece, she gained her doctorate in molecular biology of prostate cancer from the University of Newcastle. She believes that universal access to healthcare in low and middle income countries can be achieved only by setting priorities rationally through health technology assessment, reinforcing her argument with many examples of misallocation. “But you cannot impose evidence informed policy making,” she admits. “The political will has to be there.”

What was your earliest ambition?

To become a train driver. Still unfulfilled (for now).

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Around the time I joined medical school it was Che Guevara. I was fascinated by his ability to overcome his physical weaknesses to do what he set his mind to doing (he had asthma but …

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