Professor Vicky Goh is a Professor of Clinical Cancer Imaging at St Thomas’ Hospital.
How did you become involved in academic research and why?
After my clinical fellowship in Toronto I made the decision to pursue an MD. I did this while I was a full time NHS consultant radiologist. After completing my MD I was hooked and I was lucky enough to be successful in my first major grant application which allowed me to continue my research and transition into a full time clinical academic post.
What’s the best thing about your job?
As a clinical academic I have the best of both worlds. What I love most is the diversity of what I do and the dynamic people I get to work with. It is always an interesting week at work!
What has been the highlight of your career in academic research?
Being appointed as Professor at Kings Cross London in 2011. It has opened so many fantastic opportunities for me.
Why should more women get involved with academic research?
Research is core to how we practice and directly affects patients’ outcomes. Moreover research should not be gender specific.
What advice would you give to women considering a career in academic research?
Don’t hesitate – just do it. It is a fantastic career opportunity and 100% achievable. Mentorship is so important and I have to acknowledge Professor Halligan and Professor Bartram who got me to write my first paper as a radiology trainee and have mentored me since.
Is there a woman you look up to or is inspirational in academic research? And if so why?
The two women who come to mind are Professor Stefanie Wilson and Professor Janet Husband. They were inspirational leaders in their fields and as a young trainee showed me how much impact women could have in radiology.
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