Dr Ben Burgess
Department: Medical Centre
Qualifications: MBBChir, MA (Cantab), MRCS (Eng), MRCGP, DRCOG
Email: 01280 818210
Life before Stowe
Having grown up in Tynemouth in the North East, I qualified as a doctor from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1997. I then spent some years trying various branches of medicine, completing basic surgical training in west London in 2000, before spreading out as an expedition medic (Raleigh International in Ghana), ship's physician (Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami) and emergency room doctor (Brisbane).
After returning to the UK I did my GP training in Northampton, qualifying in 2007. I moved to the Swan Practice in Buckingham in 2013 and took over as deputy medical officer at Stowe in September 2016.
What do you enjoy most about being a GP?
I enjoy the contact with lots of people, and being able to help them with their problems and challenges. Even if a problem can't be fixed, people appreciate someone taking an interest. The variety in general practice keeps me stimulated. It's a chance to combine both sides of the brain and apply both hard science with the needs of people.
What do you enjoy most about working at Stowe?
It's the nicest commute in the country - every morning when I drive into Stowe I feel I'm entering a very special place, which is of course what Stowe is. The Medical Centre team are a really nice bunch, very professional and they've made me feel really welcome. I also enjoy the contact with the pupils whom I find to be very polite and mature.
I live with my young family and Labrador. I love to garden in the summer and research family history in the evenings when it's too dark to go outside.