Rare Disease Day is coming up on Saturday 28 February so we’ve decided to use this opportunity to highlight the work of our members on rare endocrine diseases. First up, Society for Endocrinology member Dr John Ayuk has given a short interview on his current work and career to date.
Dr John Ayuk is a Consultant Endocrinologist and Service Lead for Endocrinology at University Hospital Birmingham. His research and clinical interests include the pathogenesis and management of pituitary tumours, neuroendocrine tumours and multiple endocrine neoplasia type.
Firstly, tell us about your current job? I work as a Consultant Endocrinologist in a specialist tertiary referral centre which combines a busy clinical service with an active research and teaching/training programme.
What inspired you to work in endocrinology? Early in my training I became fascinated by the way endocrinology combines biochemistry, physiology and clinical pathology. I have a logical mind (‘somewhere on the spectrum’, according to my wife!), so the interplay of hormone secretion, function and feedback mechanisms appealed to me. Also, endocrine diseases are usually lifelong, allowing us to foster long term relationships with our patients.
What do you most enjoy about your current job? Working with excellent colleagues to provide first class care for patients with complex endocrine conditions, while training the future generation of endocrinologists.
What is your career highlight so far? Being voted the most approachable endocrinologist by the trainees at the hospital!
What do you think will be the biggest development in endocrinology in the next 10 years? Advances in pharmacogenomics will allow individualisation of hormone replacement, along with patient empowerment.
What are your interests (outside endocrinology!)? Playing sports (football, boxing), reading, and travelling.
Finally, a very important one, what is your favourite hormone? Growth hormone!