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Lotte Newman: second ever female president of the Royal College of GPs and advocate for women doctors

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 31 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2313
  1. Penny Warren
  1. London, UK
  1. penny.warren{at}
Photo credit: David Aronsohn

Among the presidential portraits at the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), there is one that immediately draws the eye. In contrast to the dark suits of her predecessors, Lotte Newman, president from 1994 to 1997, chose something very different. She asked to be painted in a vibrantly coloured, patterned dress—with a bust of her husband and a mobile phone in the background.

Newman was described by a colleague from the royal college as “a breath of fresh air.” An emigrant from Nazi Germany, she was the second ever female president of the college. According to a colleague, she was “very caring and stood for high quality practice at a time when it wasn’t a given.” She brought in a crèche for events and a weekly phone-in for members, and was known for championing the interests of younger colleagues and women in general.

Early life

Newman was born Lotte Therese Neumann to …

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