This episode is an interview with Dr. Andrew Wakefield, titled "Vaccines - Rupert Murdoch’s Callous Disregard" and is being released on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. My interview with Andrew was recorded on July 26, 2011.
I said I’d have today’s guest on more than a year ago. For what ever reason, the interview slipped through the cracks. Recent events in the media have brought him to the forefront once again. And I’m talking about Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, one of the third generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital. He pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and in 1996 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Traveling Fellowship to study small-intestinal transplantation in Toronto, Canada. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2001. He has published over 130 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries.
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Dr. Wakefield lost his job in the Department of Medicine at London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country, his career, and his medical license.
He is married to Carmel, a physician and a classical radio presenter. He has four children, James, Sam, Imogen, and Corin.