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Surgeon Sir William Blizard co-founded England’s first clinical medical school - The London Hospital Medical College. In 1791 he founded the Samaritan Society, the first medical social work society, for London Hospital patients. He was among the first surgeons to tie the subclavian artery for auxiliary aneurysm.

Sir John Chalstrey FRCS qualified from Barts in 1957 and worked as a Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer at St Bartholomew's Medical College from 1969 to 1996. He served as Lord Mayor of London from 1995-96.

Professor Jack Cuzick (W, MSc Mathematics) runs the CR-UK Centre for Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics (CEMS) at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, part of Barts and The London School of Medical and Dentistry. The CEMS conducts research into the prevention of cancer with particular focus on screening, early detection and chemo prevention.

Professor Roy Duckworth CBE (BDS, 1964) was Dean of The London Hospital Medical College from 1986 to 1994. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 1996.

William Harvey
was Physician at Barts from 1609 to 1643. During this period his many dissections and experiments led to his discovery of the circulation of the blood. His book Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis, published in 1628 and recognised as a great foundation of modern medicine, is responsible for Harvey's enduring renown as Barts' most famous physician.

James Parkinson is known for his description of ‘paralysis agitans’ in 1817, the shaking palsy now known as Parkinson’s disease. He became a pupil at The London Hospital in 1776 and, like his father and his son, worked as an apothecary in nearby Hoxton.

Dame Margaret Seward CBE (BDS, 1959) has had a long distinguished career in dentistry. She was the first woman to be elected to the General Dental Council, serving as President from 1994-99. She was appointed Chief Dental Office in 2000.

Professor Karen Vousden CBE, FRS (Genetics and Microbiology, 1978; PhD Genetics, 1982) is Director of Cancer Research UK's Beatson Institute at the University of Glasgow. She also leads the Institute's tumour suppression research group, an area in which she is known as a world leader. Professor Vousden was awarded a Royal Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2009 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to cancer research.

Professor Lord Robert Winston (The London 1964), the world-renowned fertility expert, was prominently involved in the development of gynaecological microsurgery in the 1970s, and one of the pioneers of in-vitro fertilisation. He has presented several award-winning BBC television series, including The Human Body, The Superhuman and A Child of our Time.

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