Five minutes with... Dr Lamis Latif

Dr Lamis Latif graduated from St George's in 2014. Here she talks to us about her work, her likes and dislikes, and shares some memories of St George's.

What is your job title?Foundation Year 2 Doctor.What do you actually do?I am currently an FY2 in the South West London Deanery, spending my FY1 year at King's College Hospital and now my FY2 year in Epsom and St Helier’s University Trust.Where are you if you are not in your office/surgery/hospital?I have a part time job in Harrods as an Ambassador - essentially being responsible for seeing to the VIP clients that come in and training new staff to become true Harrodians.Which living person do you most admire, and why?Angelina Jolie. Not because of her film talents (although I do like her films). More because of the things she believes in and stands for – adopting children globally, working as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN, having surgery following her diagnosis of the BRCA1 – it's difficult to maintain a glamourous smile underneath all that, and unlike other ‘celebrities’, she focuses on humanitarian efforts.What’s your favourite book/song/filmMy favourite film is Interstellar – the space/time dimension focus was brilliant. I am a bit of a nerd like that.What or who would you consign to room 101?The smell of the cadavers in the dissecting room. I ended up using Vicks under my nose after week one which didn’t help at all. It will forever remain with me. Actually, I am even scrunching up my nose now whilst answering this.What would your superpower be?To teleport like they did in the film Jumper – how amazing would it be to be in Japan one minute and Dubai the next! I also love Khaleesi Daenaerys's power in Game of Thrones to manipulate dragons and resist fire. Could come in handy! Wouldn’t mind a dragon!Who would play you in the film of your life story?Samuel L Jackson – only joking! Last time I checked we don’t look alike. But someone on par with his acting skills…What is your favourite word?Impossible. Because this is the word I have heard consistently by everyone around me throughout my life, personal, medical, social…and I have come to learn that..IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.How would you like to be remembered?As someone who created a good change in the world, big or small. Watch this space!What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?If you're going to do something, do it properly. There is no point in wasting time putting half the effort in when the same amount of time could be used to complete the task to 100%.What is your favourite memory of St George's?There are too many! Absolutely the graduation ceremony. That grin didn’t come off my face for days. Still have it now! Oh and the yearly fashion shows. They were wonderful.Are you still in touch with people you studied with?Of course – you gain a lot of acquaintances naturally during your years at university, but you also end up meeting those rare individuals who will forever remain lifelong friends.!How would you sum up your time at St George's in four words?Testing, stimulating, fulfilling and life-changing.


Five minutes with...Helen Stokes-Lampard

Clinical senior lecturer and Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of General Practitioners Helen Stokes-Lampard graduated from St George's in 1996. Here she talks to us about her jobs, some of the things she loves, some which she loves to hate and her memories of St George's.

                                                          

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Five minutes with...Stuart Pearce

PhD student Stuart Pearce is an alumnus twice over having studied a BSc and MRes in Biomedical Science in 2013 and 2015. Here he talks to us about some of the things he loves, some which he loves to hate and his memories of St George's.

What do you currently do?I'm a PhD student at Barts and the London researching Cardiovascular Disease, focussing on Aneurysms’ (an excessive localised swelling of the wall of an artery) and Arteriosclerosis (a disease of the arteries characterised by the deposition of fatty material on their inner walls).

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Retired senior clinical lecturer in public health Sarah Walters OBE graduated from St George's in 1985. Here she talks to us about her jobs, some of the things she loves, some which she loves to hate and her memories of St George's.

What is your job title? My final job before I retired was senior clinical lecturer in public health at the University of Birmingham. I took ill health retirement in 2006 (I have cystic fibrosis and my health was deteriorating at the age of 48). I was awarded OBE for services to medicine in 2004.What did you actually do? At the University of Birmingham, I set up from scratch, and subsequently managed the Masters in Public Health programme, and also the academic training for the Part A MFPH examination for trainees from the West Midlands, although we also had some attendees from Wales and the East Midlands too. I did research into health services for people with cystic fibrosis, and also research into the health effects of air pollution. I also served on the committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution, and was a Part A examiner for the Faculty of Public Health.How do you spend your free time? Since retirement I have bought (with my husband) a 20 acre woodland which we manage for wildlife and community groups.  It was neglected and we have brought it back to management and in 2013 won the Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry award for the best small woodland in the Midlands and North West of England. We run open days, produce small wood products including green wood turning, chainsaw carving and firewood, do our own coppicing, do talks and tours for community groups.  We are also trying to set up a landscape-scale conservation project across North Warwickshire and Tamworth along the River Anker. As well as this, I did a professional photography course finishing in 2012 and now run photography workshops at the woods. I also help my husband (an engineer) run a business from home manufacturing and selling security products to help prevent theft of bicycles, motorcycles, quad bikes, agricultural machinery etc – these products have also won many awards. Which living person do you most admire, and why? Aun Sang Suu-Kyi – she shows the power of quiet resistance to achieve change.What’s your favourite book/song/filmBook - Wild Swans by Jung Chang.  Film - The Hunt for Red October starring Sean Connery.  Song - My Immortal by EvanscenceWhat would your super power be?I would want to be able to heal my cystic fibrosis!How would you like to be remembered? Somebody who made a difference, not only to the lives of people, but to the planet too.What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?Never give up!What is your favourite memory of St George's? Although it was a long time ago, the antics of Professor Pilkington were pretty memorable.Are you still in touch with people you studied with? Unfortunately I moved away from London and there are few St George's graduates in the Midlands, although it is always lovely to meet up with old classmates.How would you sum up your time at St George's in three words? A great time.St Georges were very brave to take me on as a medical student. I was the first person with cystic fibrosis to qualify as a doctor.  Taking on somebody with this condition was unprecedented, and a definite risk. They gave me the opportunity to realise a dream and to make a difference.There are now quite a few doctor with cystic fibrosis, and with other disabilities, and I think that St George's were enlightened to try and take people with disabilities on and prove they could become successful doctors.

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Anaesthetist Kathryn Lloyd-Thomas graduated from St George's in 2000 after studying Medicine. Here she talks to us about her jobs, some of the things she loves, some which she loves to hate and her memories of St George's.

What is your job title?ST6 Anaesthetics (70 per cent less than full time)

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