Profile: Heather Clark
Remember hearing about the doctor who saved a patient's life by performing a thoracotomy on a pub floor? Clare Hughes finds out that there is much more to this former professional ballroom dancer than a one off act of heroism
“I develop passions in life. I go into things with every ounce of energy and commitment I can summon,” says Dr Heather Clark as she describes how she has achieved so much in so little time.
Heather will start her first consultant post in November and has already worked with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, been to the Arctic, and is the team doctor at a football club. She has also written a book and presented a television series.
Yet she never had a burning desire to be a doctor, and her childhood and adolescence were taken up with dancing: “I had to turn down a place at the Royal Ballet School because I was too short, but dancing was in my blood so I continued for fun.”
Her undergraduate years at St Mary's medical school, London, were not a happy time. “I didn't want to be at medical school