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Roy Pounder is a Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free & University College Medical School in London.
He studied Medicine at Cambridge University and at Guy's Hospital in London. He trained in Gastroenterology under Sir Christopher Booth, Hermon Dowling, Sir Francis Avery Jones, George Misiewicz, Brian Creamer and Sir Richard Thompson.
He moved to the Royal Free in 1980, under Dame Sheila Sherlock. He was involved in the early development of the histamine H2-antagonists and the proton pump inhibitors, developing the measurement of 24-h intragastric acidity.
Recently his main clinical interest has been in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. He has edited more than 20 textbooks, and is the founding co-editor of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
He is married to Christine Lee, Professor of Hemophilia, and they have 2 sons. Professor Pounder has just finished his two-year term of office as clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians of London and is now the College's Associate International Director for the Far East and Australasia, and Special Adviser on the European Working Time Directive.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- I always wanted to be a hematologist, but I was selected to be a Senior House Officer by Christopher Booth at Hammersmith Hospital. After that I couldn't escape from gastroenterology, so I married a hematologist.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Sheila Sherlock must be Number One. It was wonderful to see her work an audience of professors in a clinical case conference - she ran circles round them! In her lectures she simplified the most difficult topics... and never more than 5 lines on a slide.
- Which research paper (by another person) influenced you the most?
- Sir James Black and the discovery of the H2-antagonists (Nature 1972; 236:385-90). I was in the right place at the right time, and my MD thesis was based on our first six papers.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- With Andrew Wakefield, that Crohn's disease is a granulomatous vasculitis (Gastroenterology 1991; 100:1279-87). Crohn's disease is the biggest clinical problem that I face everyday and I think we'll be proved correct in the end.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To edit a successful website! GastroHep.com is rated #1 by Google for Gastroenterology.
- What is your greatest regret?
- I never bought any shares in SmithKline & French, Glaxo or Astra. I must have been mad!
- How do you relax?
- Gardening and travelling.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Soccer - our home team is Queen's Park Rangers, and we're doing well this year.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Our house in the Cotswolds - a stone granary that we restored into a wonderful modern house.
- What is your favorite film?
- 'Doctor in the House' - seriously, I was 15 years old and this film made up my mind to become a doctor.
- What car do you drive?
- A BMW X5.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My Sony PCG-TR3 laptop - all the tricks, and very light!.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- No time for novels except on holiday when I skim through a book each day.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Over the last 25 years I've spent a lot of my time and energy in medical publishing. The Internet has to be the future and I want to be part of it.
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