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34. Dr Sara Khan

Dr Sara Khan comes in at number 34 in the 2013 Pulse Power 50. She is a new entry in the list.

Dr Sara Khan was nominated by more than a dozen of her peers as a rising star of general practice – and for a wide range of different reasons.

Something of a prodigy, at just 31 years old Dr Khan is a GP partner in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, the founder of a not-for-profit service for doctors suffering from stress, vice chair of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC and also vice chair for Watford and Three Rivers locality commissioning group, part of her local CCG.

Her colleagues praise her for ‘bringing younger GP issues to the forefront’ and describe her as a ‘highly motivated, articulate and hard-working GP contributing to both clinical and non-clinical aspects of primary care’. Her contributions at the LMCs conference have also attracted attention.

But it is perhaps as a medical journalist that Dr Khan has done most to make her name over the past year. She successfully relaunched the Medical Women’s Federation magazine Medical Woman this year, and has also joined Pulse as a regular blogger.

Among the issues she has tackled? The dearth of women in GP leadership roles. Hardly surprising, then, that she cites joining the GPC as one of her career ambitions. As things stand, it’s an ambition she seems well placed to achieve.

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