When former RSM President (2014–2017) Mr Babulal ‘B’ Sethia set in motion the RSM’s global health initiative in 2011, first on his list of people to consult about how the Society could best contribute to this important agenda was Baron Professor Peter Piot. Professor Peter was Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College, London and now Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The LSHTM is a world-renowned institution for research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health.
Ten years on, these two distinguished doctors will meet again on Tuesday 27 July when they will be inducted as new Honorary Fellows of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Recalling his conversation with Professor Piot, Mr Sethia says: “Peter was very generous in his comments about the RSM and how it could potentially complement the global health education programmes available at the time, particularly for younger doctors and medical students. It is indeed a privilege to become an RSM Honorary Fellow alongside such a notable and admired figure in the field of global health.”
Mr Sethia and Professor Piot will be joined on 27 July by Dr Iain Glen, Dame Clare Marx, Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly and Dr Sarah Wollaston who will also become RSM Honorary Fellows at the ceremony. Professor Roger Kirby will be formally inaugurated as RSM President and Professor Sarah Gilbert, who was recently recognised with a damehood in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, will be awarded the RSM Gold Medal. Dr Afsana Elanko and Mr Stephen Gilbert will each receive the RSM Medal.