Professor Liam Smeeth MBChB FRCGP FFPH FRCP MSc PhD FMedSci

Head of Department and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

About Liam Smeeth

Head of the Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology



I trained in medicine and continue to do clinical work as a general practitioner in north London. I joined LSHTM in 1999 and hold a Wellcome Trust senior research fellowship in clinical science. As well as academic and clinical work I am involved in a range of activities for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the UK National Health Service more widely. I am a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.





I am involved in wide range of teaching activities and was previously course director of the MSc epidemiology and then chair of the exam board.


My major interests are in disease aetiology and drug treatments. Two broad themes are the optimal use of computerised health data and non-communicable disease epidemiology in low and middle income countries, with a particular focus on cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Examples of recently completed projects include the impact of media coverage on use of statins, and the largest single study investigating the relationship between body mass index and cancer.  Current projects include StatinWise, a series of n of 1 trials to assess whether statins cause muscle symptoms, and helping establish an electronic records based cohort of 100 million people in Brazil.

Electronic Health Records Research Group

RODAM project

Research areas

  • Clinical care
  • Clinical databases
  • Clinical trials
  • Electronic health records
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Primary care
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Systematic reviews
  • Vaccines


  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Diabetes
  • Herpesviruses
  • Kidney disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity
  • Respiratory disease
  • Stroke


  • European Union
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • Ghana
  • India
  • Peru
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
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