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2 – Sir Denis Pereira-Gray

Sir Denis Pereira-Gray worked for almost 40 years in the St Leonard's Medical Practice in Exeter and is known for his pioneering research, much of it carried out at the first postgraduate university department of general practice in Europe, which he established at the University of Exeter.

Sir Denis specialised in the core topics that have come to define general practice – continuity of care, generalism and the doctor-patient relationship. He was also a visionary for seeing the current shift in workload from hospitals to the community.

What he said

‘More lives will be saved in future in general practice than in hospitals as the power of family doctors to intervene on behalf of patients increases.'

Sir Denis Pereira-Gray Top 50 most influential GPs

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