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Andrew Goddard: Brilliant dreamer

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1929 (Published 23 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1929
Duncan Smith

Biography

Andrew Goddard, 50, will become president of the Royal College of Physicians in September, the youngest for over 400 years. Now a consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Derby Hospital, he grew up in Plymouth and southeast London and qualified at Cambridge. He will continue to do the acute take at weekends and overnight so that he can “tell it as it is,” he declared in his address to RCP fellows. His research focuses on iron deficiency and bowel cancer screening, and his tone is upbeat: “Medicine is brilliant.” He wants to see a doubling of medical student numbers and a reassertion of consultant autonomy.

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