Profile: Leela Kapila
Sripurna Basu talks to this inspirational recently retired paediatric surgeon
A stereotype of female surgeons is that they are all aggressive and domineering. Whoever started that rumour has not met Leela Kapila, a recently retired consultant paediatric surgeon.
My first sight of Miss Kapila is of a welcoming figure swathed in a yellow chiffon sari, ushering me into the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Before her retirement, this softly spoken woman combined clinical commitments as a paediatric surgeon at Nottingham's University Hospital with responsibilities as an examiner and an elected member of the Royal College of Surgeons council. She has also held the chairs of Women in Surgical Training and the Education Board.
As we settle into the plush lounge, surrounded by grand oil paintings of surgeons, Miss Kapila expresses surprise and delight that she is here at all, “I have not always done things on my own initiative. Sometimes people have suggested that I try things,” and this