Martin Griffiths, Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon

Martin Griffiths is a Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust.

“Never be defeated by bad outcomes,” Martin advises young people interested in a career in healthcare.  He has taken the time to given young people some fantastic advice on how to follow his career path and what he has done to get where he is.

Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week?

  • Trauma Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Ward rounds
  • Teaching
  • Violence reduction work
  • Clinic.

What do you enjoy most and least about your work?

I love working in an awesome team, who are really great at their jobs and want the best for patients.

I get a bit tired after my on-calls and I see a lot of sick boys who have been stabbed for no good reason.

How did you get into your current career?

I went to my local school, then started medical school, and graduated.  I started Surgical training, passed tons of exams, and got a consultant job.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your career?

Work hard and ask for and accept help when it’s offered.  Expect to fail at things the first time, but never be defeated by bad outcomes.  Be true to your friends and don’t forget who you are or where you come from.

Take a change on something you love.

A massive thank you to Martin for sharing your story and for the wonderful advice.

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