Dr Laura-Jane Smith
Doctor and Medical Educator in London, United Kingdom
I am a Respiratory and Internal Medicine Consultant in London, who thinks a lot and writes occasionally.
I completed my medical degree at the University of Cambridge, and have since worked in hospitals across East Anglia and North East London. I am fascinated by many aspects of respiratory health and disease, but am particularly interested in the experience of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Lung Cancer.
I am also interested in the the theory and practice of teaching and learning and spent a year as a clinical teaching fellow at UCL Medical School. I have a Diploma in Clinical Education from the Institute of Education, and have co-wrote 2 books (Eureka: Respiratory Medicine published in 2016, and 300 SBAs for the MRCP SCE in Respiratory Medicine published in 2018). I was a trainee representative on the MRCP(UK) PACES Clinical Examination Board, Scenario Editorial Committee, PACES2020 project and several working groups. I was also part of the British Thoracic Society Specialist Trainees Advisory Group as the 'Digital Champion'. I founded an educational website for Respiratory Trainees (www.respnetlondon.com).
I also spend a lot of time contemplating life and death, and hope to contribute to greater societal engagement and understanding of living and dying. I am in full support of the Dying Matters Coalition, and of the Death Cafe movement, having hosted several Death Cafes and been part of innovative arts projects focused on death and dying run by Life.Death.Whatever.
I am interested in lifestyle medicine, particularly plantbased nutrition, and practice veganism for environmental, health and ethical reasons.
I believe that the arts have a vital role to play in health and wellbeing, and was a trustee of the London Arts in Health Forum.
I channel my own creativity through knitting, crochet, papercraft, linoprints, pottery and photographing street art. I try to negate feelings of hopelessness and despair by campaigning as part of MedAct.
I'd love to hear from you, so please get in touch.