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Consultant interview

1. Why did you decide

to study medicine?

I was always fascinated by science

and nature, perhaps in part due to

my father being a scientist. However,

I could not envisage myself in a lab.

I wanted to understand the world

around me, but apply it directly.

Medicine seemed the obvious path.

2. What made you pursue

your specialty?

Neurology has always been

surrounded by a degree of mystery.

Some of that has been cultivated

by neurologists, who enjoy being

perceived as being ‘practitioners

of the dark arts’, but ultimately the

brain and how it functions remains

relatively unknown. I have always

been amazed by how, essentially,

a kilo of fatty tissue defines who

we are, what we feel, what we

experience and what we know.

3. What is the most

rewarding part of your job?

The diagnostic challenge has always

been thoroughly enjoyable, and

necessitates us getting to know

our patients well. Neurology has

changed dramatically over the last

twenty years or so, and is no longer

a specialty that can be accused of

having a thousand diagnoses and

only one treatment (steroids). The

diagnostic challenge has now been

joined by the therapeutic challenge,

particularly in my sub-specialties of

epilepsy and sleep neurology.

4. What do you enjoy doing

in your spare time?

My spare time seems to be taken

up entirely by my young children,

but when I have the opportunity,

I enjoy films, cycling and learning


5. What is the title of your

‘best read’ so far?

I really enjoyed ‘The Magus’ by

John Fowles, a dark exploration

of the manipulation of the human

mind. It was written in the sixties,

and has aged a little, but remains a

thoroughly interesting read.

6. If you could invite three

people to dinner, living or

dead, who would they be?

I suppose the ultimate goals in life

are supreme happiness, success

and health. So, to get some tips,

Buddha, Bill Gates and Maimonides.

Maimonides would be interesting

from an historical, as well as a

medical point of view.

7. What is special about

where you grew up?

For fear of incurring the wrath of the

North, nothing much! I was brought

up in Cheshire, and went to school

in Manchester. My recollection is of

rain and grey, although the school

was fantastic. However, as a young

child I lived in a small village in

the Black Forest, and have lovely

memories of hot sunshine, the smell

of pine and very tasty cakes.

8. Where is your favourite

place in the world?

The hills north of Seville, on a

summer evening, watching the sun

set over the cork forests, preferably

with a glass of Rioja in my hand.

9. Who would you get to

play yourself in a movie?

I think pretty much every male

doctor says George Clooney. So,

George Clooney. I would like to

imagine that this is because I look

like him, but in reality, it is because

he is equally swarthy.

Dr Leschziner graduated from

Oxford and London. After general

medical training in London, he

completed a PhD in the genetics

of epilepsy and drug treatment at

Imperial College London, and the

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,


His neurology training was

completed at the National Hospital

for Neurology and Neurosurgery,

Queen Square, Charing Cross and

Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospitals.

Dr Leschziner works as a Consultant

Neurologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’

Hospital, within the Department of

Neurology and the Sleep Disorders

Centre, undertaking clinics in general

neurology, epilepsy, sleep disorders,

and neurocutaneous syndromes.

Dr Guy Leschziner

Consultant Neurologist


Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital

Secretary: Mrs Hazel Evans

T: 020 7234 2059

F : 020 7234 2841


[email protected]



Dr Guy


Consultant Neurologist


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