BMJ Group Awards 2011
Celebrating doctors’ achievements
- By: Harriet Vickers
In the glitz of the Park Lane Ritz in London more than 500 influential figures in healthcare took a break to celebrate their achievements and those of their colleagues. But it wasn’t all comradely goodwill, as the more than 650 international nominees waited to see if they had won one of the 13 BMJ Group awards.
Richard Peto was honoured for his lifetime achievement in reducing deaths from smoking worldwide. Dan Magnus won for his junior doctor work in the United Kingdom and Kenya, and Ann McPherson, who founded Health Talk Online, won the Communicator of the Year award.
Sadly, Dr McPherson’s win came just 10 days before she died from pancreatic cancer. She was too ill to attend the ceremony, but in a film she said how honoured she was, as she considered communication essential: “It’s pointless having a lot of knowledge if you can’t communicate it to patients.”