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Dr Amar Sharif is currently a trainee in gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital, London, England.
He was born in Sheffield, England, in 1969, and originally qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 from De Montfort University, Leicester. Dr Sharif then decided to move to London and pursue a career in medicine. He trained at the Royal Free and graduated in 1997 with distinction. He then completed general professional training at Northwick Park Hospital, London. He is due to take a post within the North West Thames region, London, as a specialist registrar.
Dr Sharif is currently working with Professor Pounder on GastroHep.com.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- At medical school, I had excellent exposure to the speciality and, after my SHO rotation, decided gastroenterology was the most interesting and practical subject.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Dr Marny Mitchell, an anatomy lecturer at the Royal Free. She was an inspiring, dedicated, and excellent teacher.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- Dr Marshall's papers on H. pylori.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Not pursuing a career in medicine earlier.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To travel the five continents.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not to have traveled whilst at university.
- How do you relax?
- Meeting friends, having dinner parties, and going to the gym.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Basketball and tennis.
- What is your best place in the world?
- London, England.
- What is your favorite film?
- "Three Colors: Blue".
- What car do you drive?
- Peugot 106 GTI, but I would like the 206 cabriolet.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My Palm V pilot.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Professor Pounder introduced it to me with great enthusiasm and passion. I was very quickly hooked, and decided to work with GastroHep.com.