The Power List 2019 – Mentors
Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and consultant ophthalmologist Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK.
In the words of one of her nominators: “As a senior medical student in Dundee and a budding ophthalmologist, I have looked up to Professor MacEwen for several years, and she is a true role model for the speciality. She is very approachable and supportive, and as a fantastic leader and spokesperson she is an excellent example for young doctors embarking on the specialty.”
Who have been your mentors?
It was my father, who was an ophthalmologist.
What was the luckiest break of your career?
My luckiest break was being appointed to the Ninewells Hospital as a senior registrar. It was a very nurturing environment that encouraged a fellowship in ocular motility at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK.
What would be a piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to recognise the opportunities a career in medicine offers, and enjoy each of them.
What’s the best part of being an ophthalmologist?
Happy patients! The ophthalmologist’s toolbox is full of things that helps protect, restore and optimise patients’ vision – the sense they value most.