Disc jockey doctor
Jenny Blythe interviews Radio 1's Mark Hamilton about his life on the airwaves
- By: Jenny Blythe
If you live anywhere in the United Kingdom you might have heard of Dr Mark Hamilton. You may actually have heard him. Every Sunday night on BBC's national Radio 1 station, he cohosts Sunday Surgery, where current chart pop music is interspersed with listeners phoning in for advice.
The show usually has a specific topic each week, ranging from loneliness to sexual diseases, and Mark offers advice to listeners live on the radio. He can also be heard giving the medical slant on any news stories covered on Radio 1. His relative youth means that he is approximately the same age as Radio 1's target audience.
Mark left his native Belfast at 18 to study medicine at Manchester University. “After my house jobs, I did my first accident and emergency job at Manchester Royal Infirmary. I then tried a few other disciplines, including a year of anaesthetics, some geriatric medicine,