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David Sanders: Privileged to serve patients

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 06 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3703


David Sanders, 48, is professor of gastroenterology and a consultant at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. His specialty is coeliac disease and the role of gluten—a field at risk of being taken over by “lifestylers,” including Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. Coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity are very real problems, he says, but he is wary of the risk of hype and in 2016 published Gluten Attack, which summarises the scientific evidence. Born in Sri Lanka, Sanders came to Britain when his family fled the civil war in the 1970s, and he was brought up in Glasgow. His team’s pioneering use of the anaesthetic propofol in the endoscopy room was shortlisted for a BMJ Award in 2016.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be Spider-Man.

What was your best career move?

Leaving Glasgow, where my father was a well known and respected consultant physician: as much as I …

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