Jeff Aronson: “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to become a doctor.”

August 8, 2016

Jeff Aronson, Honorary Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist

Jeff Aronson

Dr Jeffrey Aronson is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist.

What was your earliest ambition?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to become a doctor.

Why did you get into EBM?

I gain inspiration from everyone with whom I work with for any length of time. The person with whom I worked with for the longest period of time was Professor David Grahame-Smith.

What do you feel has made the most difference in EBM?

David Mant invited me to join the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and then Carl Heneghan invited me to join the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Describe your approach to research in three words.

Be curious & critical.

What do you like most about teaching?

Seeing the light in students’ eyes when they suddenly understand or witness something of which they were not previously aware.

Do you have any regrets about becoming a doctor?


What has been your most innovative piece of teaching?

Devising novel paradigms for the classification of adverse drug reactions, creating a framework that is slowly beginning to influence practice.

When are you having the most fun at work?

All the time.

If you weren’t a doctor/teacher what would you be doing instead?


What do you find hardest when teaching?

Trying to convince students that it is important to learn things that won’t necessarily come up in the next exam.

If you were given £1 million for research, what would you do?

Fund enthusiastic DPhil students.

What one resource should every EBM enthusiast read?

Books by Milos Jenicek.

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