Tony Williams: a paediatrician and public health doctor
Tony Williams discusses his career
My parents were both teachers, so there was always conversation in the house about children and education. When I went to medical school I found that I enjoyed paediatrics the most. I liked working with children and their parents. I found the developmental aspects of paediatrics engaging, the children by and large got better, and the illnesses themselves seemed to be more interesting. On my elective period I spent three months in a hospital in KwaZulu in apartheid South Africa, where I worked on the children’s ward and got first hand experience of treating children—taking blood, putting up infusions, treating children with tuberculosis, and so on. After medical school, I went from my house job in adult urology to working as a resident paediatrician in the neonatal unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
My interest in nutrition developed when I went to Oxford to do a doctor of philosophy degree in