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Stella Vig: The bare necessities—and chocolate

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 08 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j587


Stella Vig, 49, is a consultant vascular and general surgeon and clinical director at Croydon University Hospital. She qualified in Cardiff and, lacking female surgeons in Wales to emulate, planned to become a physician until her first boss advised her to try surgery. She hasn’t regretted it. She led development of the Diabetic, Vascular and Wound Care centre at Croydon, reducing the rate of amputations and winning a BMJ award for clinical leadership. She is lead consultant for the hospital’s fast track surgical unit, which bypasses emergency department waits for patients needing surgery for straightforward conditions. Heavily involved in training surgeons, she urges trainees to “Just do it!”

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a surgeon, …

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