Su-Anna Boddy: combining surgery, politics, and motherhood
A surgeon and mother discusses her career
My parents were both geographers. It was assumed that I was going to study geography, but I decided I would do three sciences and become a doctor. I threw myself into every aspect of medicine as I went through it. I loved the fact that you could take a sick person, do something, and make them better. I guess that’s my personality really. I rather sarcastically say that medics go round and say, “Let’s do a ward round and let’s give a bit of a drug. Wonder if it works, we’ll go and do another drug.” That doesn’t quite suit me, and I didn’t want the piecemeal bit of accident and emergency and anaesthetics.
There are 26 members, including a president and two vice presidents, and then you get specific roles assigned to you. Council meets 10 times a year. I chair the Children’s Surgical Forum, which sets the standards