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Fiona Godlee: Chief among editors

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 27 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1275
Duncan Smith


Since 2005 Fiona Godlee has been editor in chief of The BMJ, the first woman to hold the job. She comes from a long line of doctors and read medicine at Cambridge, where she now lives. After training as a general physician in London she found her true role when she joined The BMJ as editorial registrar in 1990. In the mid-90s she spent a year as a Harkness fellow in the US, and from 2000 to 2003 she was editorial director for medicine at BioMed Central, establishing open access publishing. Since taking the reins at The BMJ she has made it a campaigning and sometimes controversial publication by championing patient centred care, open access to medical trial results, and a sceptical attitude towards overmedicalisation. She cofounded the …

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