Raj Bhopal: Public health goal setterBMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1276 (Published 15 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1276
Raj Bhopal, 63, is Bruce and John Usher professor of public health in Edinburgh University and honorary consultant in public health with NHS Lothian. Born in India, he migrated with his family to the Gorbals in Glasgow, where his parents raised eight children, seven of whom went to university. His books include Concepts of Epidemiology and Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies. He is currently focusing on ethnic variation in disease, with a special emphasis on how to respond to this knowledge with more effective public health interventions and clinical services, particularly around cardiovascular disease and diabetes. He chairs the executive committee of the first world congress on migration, ethnicity, race, and health, to be held in Edinburgh in 2018.
What was your earliest ambition?
Being fond of sugar, I wanted to own a sweet shop. In my late school years I …