5 minutes with...Associate Professor David Sullivan

What has been your most embarrassing moment at work? 

Attempting to reassure a patient and their family, I pulled my stethoscope forward from my ears. It snapped shut on my nose causing a torrential epistaxis.  

If you could cure one disease in your lifetime, which one would it be?

Malaria. It’s one of the greatest impediments to human development.

The best book you ever read was? 

The Life of Pi – charming, thought-provoking and occasionally impenetrable.

Have you ever used complementary medicine?

Fish oil and plant sterols are my only success stories.

What is the best advice you could give to a medical student?

Plan major career moves in terms of timing rather than rapidity.

What would you never do again?

Learn to ski from a ‘how