This week, I met with Dr. Rupert Whitaker, a distinguished British psychiatrist and immunologist, who is one of Europe’s longest-surviving individuals with HIV since his infection in 1981. Tragically, he lost his partner, Terrence Higgins, to AIDS in 1982, leading him to co-found the Terrence Higgins Trust for HIV services.
Dr. Whitaker founded the Tuke Institute in 2007, an international organisation researching healthcare effectiveness. During our conversation, he stressed the importance of shifting from a provider-centered approach to a patient-centric model in medicine.
Dr. Whitaker shared a personal health journey, highlighting challenges in diagnosis and medication interactions. He emphasised the need to see patients as individuals, not just collections of diseases, addressing broader issues in healthcare delivery. His work continues to impact medical research and humanitarian efforts significantly.