Dr Smith-Laing qualified with honours at The Royal Free Hospital in 1973. He has trained widely in all aspects of general medicine and gastroenterology and was appointed to the Medway NHS Trust in 1984. Dr Smith-Laing has specialist interests in hepatology; interventional endoscopy, ERCP and colonoscopy; and management of upper GI cancers but also like to remain a true ‘General Physician’. He has taken on management roles as clinical director for medicine and as a deputy medical director of the Trust. Dr Smith-Laing has spoken to the media about the dangers of alcohol abuse on many occasions and was instrumental in securing the participation and co-operation of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust with the filming of Paul Watson’s recent hard-hitting BBC documentary about alcoholism, Rain in My Heart.
Sunday 2 November 2008, 2.00pm Lecture Theatre 1
"I was amazed by the high quality of the Battle of Ideas 2007 and the intellectual excitement that it provoked."
Prof Malcolm Grant CBE, president and provost, University College London