Jane Blazeby: Transforming surgical cultureBMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6463 (Published 04 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i6463
Jane Blazeby, 53, champions better understanding and use of evidence in surgery through randomised controlled trials, a course often advocated but seldom adopted because of methodological challenges and “eminence based” surgical practice. She is professor of surgery at Bristol University and an honorary consultant surgeon focusing on gastrointestinal cancer and emergency care. She directs an MRC hub for trials methodology research and a surgical trials centre, helping surgeons to deliver trials and understand why this is important.
What was your earliest ambition?
To be an author—but studying English didn’t have my parents’ blessing, so I trained to be a doctor and surgeon. This has gone well. I really like the practical side of medicine. Nowadays academia …