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Jo Puleston is currently a specialist registrar in gastroenterology and general medicine in London, UK. She qualified in 1992 from the Royal London Hospital, and became a specialist registrar in 1996. She has recently taken time out to work in a pioneering team in two remote hill tribes in Asia.

She has been part of the initial team planning and designing GastroHep.com. Jo Puleston is now starting research in inflammatory bowel disease, hopefully for an md. Eventually, she hopes to become an interventional gastroenterologist in a tertiary referral centre.

What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
Enjoying almost every subject made the choice difficult. With Dr Rodney Burnham's encouragement and help, I was taught how to gastroscope - which I took to like a duck takes to water. I haven't looked back since.
Who was the teacher you admired the most?
The late Dr Jonathon Levi, at Northwick Park Hospital. He was an excellent physician. A caring, fun boss who went out of his way to teach and to ensure the team was content. 'Is that Dr Puleston walking past my door - come in, sit down and talk to me.' He had to retire prematurely and we all missed him greatly.
What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
John 3.16.
What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
Well, an amusing mistake - I couldn't remember a section of a Sibelius piano piece I was performing in a competition. Rather than look foolish, I made it up and linked it into the next part he actually wrote. The examiner wasn't fooled but the audience was. Owing to popular support, I walked away with joint first prize.
What are your unfulfilled ambitions?
To be an interventional gastroenterologist - I would love to be part of a pioneering team developing endoscopic techniques.
To see a day when third world debt is abolished.
What is your greatest regret?
Last year I was a member of an expedition team working in two villages in Tibet. We trekked for five days through mountainous areas into the poorest region I have ever seen. We ran clinics in fields, in barns and 'houses'. Our resources were limited, and the pathology we came across remarkable. Leaving a 22-year old girl to die with a potentially curable condition, had it been picked up 6 weeks previously, was so hard. I deeply regret the health care inequalities that we, as a society, have caused.
How do you relax?
Playing, writing, and either recording or listening to music.
What is your favorite sport?
Paragliding, skiing.
What is your best place in the world?
On a stage playing keyboards and singing with excellent musicians. Otherwise, Nyika national park in Malawi is amazing, with the incongruity of elephant and zebra on rolling green hills. Kochin in India is also an amazing place, with the fascinating fishing net constructions and unending spice stalls filling the air with unforgettable aromas.
What is your favorite film?
'Dances with wolves', or 'It's a wonderful life'.
What car do you drive?
Boring. My Mazda MX5 lost out to a VW Polo. 0-60 in 3 hours.
What is your best electronic 'toy'?
Akai 3000XL sampler.
What book are you reading at the moment?
God Chasers, by Tommy Tenny.
Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
Whilst working at the Royal Free, Roy invited me to join the team in this adventurous project. It didn't take much persuasion - Cool project.

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