CB DSc FRCP FFPH FMedSci
of Public and International Health
Chris Whitty is a physician and epidemiologist who works in public health, science policy and clinical medicine. Professor of Public and International Health at LSHTM. Currently seconded as Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) alongside LSHTM and NHS roles; this includes leading the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), being first deputy Chief Medical Officer, responsibility for supporting evidence based health policy and for the UK life sciences industry. From October 2019 he will be Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and chief medical adviser to the UK government. Consultant physician at UCLH in acute general medicine and in infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, consultant PHE epidemiologist at the MRL and for the national fever service. Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597), Gresham College. Chair of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and of the UK vaccines network. Interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser, head of the Government Office for Science and head of the government science and engineering profession 2017-18. Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID) 2009-2015. Trained in medicine and physiological science in Oxford, Edinburgh and London, worked as a clinician and in research in the UK, Africa and Asia. Postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc LSHTM, DTM&H), economics (MBA, DipEcon), medical law (LLM). Trustee of Sightsavers. Previous posts include director of the multidisciplinary LSHTM Malaria Centre, visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, trustee of the international health NGO Merlin, chair of the UK Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) and of the National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI), and director of the ACT Consortium.
DTM&H, various MScs. Examples of some recent public lectures online on communicable diseases include on epidemics and pandemics, infections of the brain, infections of the nerves, malaria, Ebola, Zika, imported infections, eradicating disease, infections as we go through life and age. Examples of lectures on non-communicable diseases include health at the extreme ages of life, demography, cancer treatment, cancer prevention, improving neonatal health, heart disease in the elderly, stroke, dementia, diabetes, respiratory disease and combatting air pollution. Examples of non-health public lectures include climate change in Africa, getting science into policy. An opinion piece on getting research into policy here. The Harveian Oration for 2017, looking at recent triumphs and challenges in medicine globally in the next 20 years here, (transcript here), and on the challenges for the NHS over the next 20 years here.
Epidemiology and trials, clinical, economic, pathophysiology, mathematical models, qualitative and quantitative social science studies. Particular interest in diagnosis and management of infectious disease in children and adults and the diseases of poverty, especially malaria. Previous research in cardiovascular diseases, ethnic differences in health and maternal health. Google scholar profile link here.