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Gabriel Weston: A surgeon-writer-presenter’s story

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 05 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4703
Duncan Smith


Gabriel Weston, 48, is a surgeon, author, and television presenter. She went to Bedales School in Hampshire and then Edinburgh University to read English before changing tack and studying medicine at King’s College, London. After becoming an ENT registrar she decided to step off the surgical career ladder to make room for other professional interests. Her first book, Direct Red: A Surgeon’s Story, won the 2010 PEN Ackerley Prize, and her second, Dirty Work, won the 2014 McKitterick Prize. Weston has presented eight series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC Two. She currently works part time at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and is working on a third book. She lives in London with her husband and four children.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a writer.

What was your best career move?

Despite having only a C grade in biology (having …

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