Biographies for FPM-Osler Conference Faculty

Anthony H Barnett

Professor Anthony BarnettAnthony (Tony) Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Birmingham. Research interests include genetics and pathogenesis of diabetes and its vascular complications, new therapies for diabetes and its vascular complications and Health Service related issues.
He has published over 650 original papers and edited major text books of diabetes. He was awarded the 2011 Banting Memorial Lecture by Diabetes UK, its highest award to a person of international standing in diabetes research. He was also given the South Asian Health Foundation “Lifetime Achievement” award (2012) in recognition of his clinical and research work in people of South Asian extraction.
He has acted as an expert advisor to the European Medicines Agency (2006-2011), NICE and the CSM on diabetes related products.
Hobbies include long distance running, cosmology and astronomy

Denise Bundred

denise-bundred-2019_medDenise Bundred trained as a paediatrician in Cape Town and as a paediatric cardiologist in Liverpool. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. After retiring, she completed an MA in Creative Writing. She read with Rebecca Goss at the Manchester Literature Festival in 2013 and won the Hippocrates Prize in Poetry and Medicine (Health Professional category) in 2016. She has poems published in Hippocrates Prize Anthologies (2012 – 2016), ‘The Book of Love and Loss’ (2014) and the Winchester Poetry Prize Anthology (2016). She also has poems in Envoi and Magma. Her poem Addressing a Foetal Heart won the second prize in the Health Professional category of the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
About Addressing a Foetal Heart she said “Part of the work I did as a paediatric cardiologist was to scan babies before birth when there was a suspicion of a heart condition. In the poem Addressing a Foetal Heart I was thinking of the scans I performed on babies with narrowing of the aortic valve and how procedures can now be carried out while the baby is still in the womb, to prevent a more severe heart problem at birth.”

Sue Carr

Professor Sue Carr (Picture: Will Johnston) graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and has been a Consultant Nephrologist in Leicester since 1995 and Honorary Professor in Medical Education, University of Leicester. She has recently joined the GMC as Deputy Medical Director and now works 2 days a week in clinical practice and 3 days in this role.
She was previously Director of Medical Education and Associate Medical Director, University Hospitals of Leicester for 8 years and before that held various roles including as Associate Postgraduate Dean (2007-11) and Foundation School Director (2009-11).  She is an RCP Elected Councillor and has held a number of other senior roles in medical education including member of the National Association of Clinical Tutors Council, Chair, UK Renal Association Education & Training Committee (2008-2012)

Sir Mark Caulfield

Prof Mark CaulfieldProfessor Sir Mark Caulfield graduated in Medicine in 1984 from the London Hospital Medical College and trained in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he developed a research programme in molecular genetics of hypertension which has discovered over 1000 gene loci for blood pressure.
He was appointed Director of the William Harvey Research Institute in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. Between 2010 and 2015 he co-led the merger of three hospitals in North London to create the new £400 million Barts Heart Centre which provides 80,000 cardiovascular patient episodes.
He has won the Lily Prize of the British Pharmacology Society, the Bjorn Folkow Award of the European Society of Hypertension 2016 and the Franz Volhard Award of the International Society of Hypertension in 2018.
In 2013 he became an NIHR Senior Investigator and was appointed as the Chief Scientist for Genomics England (100,000 Genomes Project).  He was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer for Genomics England from January to September 2019.  Sir Mark was awarded a Knighthood in the June 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Bernard Cheung

Bernard Cheung went to Sevenoaks School and graduated from the University of Cambridge. He was a British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge before taking up lectureships in Sheffield and Hong Kong. In 2007-2009, he held the chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Birmingham. He heads the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Department of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician of Queen Mary Hospital and the Medical Director of the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Centre. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Postgraduate Medical Journal. Prof Cheung’s main research interest is in cardiovascular diseases and risk factors, including hypertension and the metabolic syndrome.

Tahseen Chowdhury

ChowdhuryTahseen Chowdhury is a Consultant in Diabetes in the Department of Diabetes and Metabolism at the Royal London Hospital, in the East End of London. He runs a large specialist Diabetes and Metabolism unit, dealing with diabetes particularly amongst the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets. He has a research / clinical interest in diabetes in South Asians and diabetic kidney disease, and has authored over 250 publications, including books entitled “Diabetes in South Asian people: Explained”, “Fatty Liver” and “Diabetes Management in Clinical Practice”. He is also Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medicine at the Royal London Hospital, and Module Convenor for Endocrinology, Diabetes, Renal, Breast and Urology modules of the third year undergraduate course. He qualified from the University of Birmingham and trained in Birmingham and Manchester, before becoming a Consultant Physician in 2000.

Professor Martin Cowie

CowieMartin Cowie is Professor of Cardiology and Chair of Cardiology at Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and a Trustee of the Atrial Fibrillation Association. Professor Cowie’s research interests focus on health technology assessment and delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with cardiovascular disease, with a particular focus on diagnostics, drugs, or devices. Professor Cowie is a founding member and past-Chairman of the British Society for Heart Failure, in addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He chairs the Digital Health Committee of the ESC. Professor Cowie was shortlisted for the NHS Digital Champion (Leadership) Award in 2017, and was awarded the MacKenzie Medal by the British Cardiovascular Society in 2019.

Dame Jane Dacre

professor-dame-jane-dacre_medDame Jane Dacre DBE, MD, FRCP is a consultant rheumatologist and Professor of Medical Education. She is the immediate past president of the RCP and was vice chair of the AoMRC, Director of UCL Medical School, MD of MRCPUK and academic VP of the RCP. She is the lead for the DHSC independent review into the gender pay gap in medicine, and the President of the Medical Protection Society.
She won the medicine and healthcare category 2012 of Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award; was named on the HSJ inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; was named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015, 2016 and 2017; and was named on the HSJ top 100 list from 2014 to 2017.

Claudia Daventry

r-claudia-daventry-_medClaudia Daventry has studied languages, poetry and psychology and worked as a writer, translator and teacher in France, Spain and the Netherlands before moving to Scotland, where she now lives. Her poetry and essays have appeared in various publications including The Dark Horse, The Island Review, the Irish Literary Review, Magma, Poetry London, Poem, Raum, Measure, Versal and  anthologies from Bloodaxe, Five Leaves, Smokestack and Luath. Her work has won several awards and commendations, including Arvon, Philip Larkin and McLellan prizes, and was placed first in the inaugural Ruskin prize and Bridport Prize. She is interested in looking for ways to translate poetry other than linguistically, and working with composer Rory Boyle has recently written libretti for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Songs from the Marshes, a cycle of folk songs for the JAM on the Marsh music festival, performed last year on BBC Radio 3. Her solo chapbook, which won a Templar award in 2016, is The Oligarch Loses his Patience. Her poem for my Valentine in an fMRI scanner” won the Open category of the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
She said that for my Valentine in an fMRI scanner was inspired by the colours shown up by neuroimaging subjects with PTSD and TBI as the brain reacts to different stimuli, and seeing the beloved in a new light. Formally it’s a nod to a kind of scrambled love sonnet which has two halves set as if magnetically drawn to one another, a sestet between the two quatrains, and I had fun playing with the Latin and Greek terms for areas of the brain, their functions and the images they conjured up, either via etymology or just the music of the words. In its essence it’s about the ’subject’ as a human being, and, more, loving someone who may be termed ‘disordered’ from the outside, but whose brain on the inside lights up in glorious technicolour – and whose trauma makes them beautiful.”

Wade Dimitri

Wade Dimitri FRCS is a cardiac surgeon. He is a member of several Cardiac Surgical Societies including The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (USA), Scottish Cardiac Society, The Egyptian Society Of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and an Honorary fellow of The Indian Society Of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. Since retiring from active clinical work, he has increased his involvement with overseas training, teaching cardiac surgeons as well as operating. He went to De La Salle school in Alexandria, Egypt and graduated from Alexandria University Medical School in 1969 with an Honours degree. His entire postgraduate training was acquired in the UK. This included several rotational posts in Cardiac Surgery in major London Teaching Hospitals leading to his appointment as Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Glasgow then NHS Consultant at the University Hospital in Coventry. He is Honorary Treasurer of the FPM.

Jan Willem Elte

Jan Willem F Elte MD PhD FRCP FACP FEFIM (Hon.) was internist-endocrinologist in the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam 1987-2011 (Deputy Head of Training 1991-2006) and former Treasurer of the NIV (Neth.Ass.Int.Med.), AEMI (also President of Young AEMIE) and EFIM. He was a Member of the European Board of Endocrinology and Secretary General of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM). Now he is Secretary General of the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe. Besides he is co-director of the European School of Internal Medicine 2017-2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (London) and EFIM (hon). He is (co-) author and editor of publications and books on thyroid, diabetes, obesity and differential diagnosis. At his retirement in 2011 he was knighted and became Honorary Member of the NIV. He is also Honorary Member of the Romanian Society of Internal Medicine and Foreign Honorary Member of the Russian Society of Internal Medicine.

Professor Albert Ferro

Professor Albert Ferro is a Clinical Pharmacologist at King’s London. His research has focused primarily on understanding vascular endothelial and platelet function, with particular reference to the L-arginine / nitric oxide system, both in health and in patients with cardiovascular disease states. He is ex-Vice-President (2005-2007) of the British Pharmacological Society (Clinical Section) and was Chair of the London Hypertension Society between 2005 and 2009, of which he remains a committee member.

Michael Hulse

Michael HulseDescribed by Gwyneth Lewis as “a formidable poet”, Michael Hulse has won several awards for his poetry, and reading tours have taken him to Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries. He has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by W. G. Sebald, Goethe and Rilke, and has worked in publishing, television and universities. His co-edited anthology The Twentieth Century in Poetry was described by The Guardian as “magnificent”, and his latest book of poems, Half-Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year in the Australian Book Review. Professor Hulse teaches poetry and comparative literature at the University of Warwick.

Roger Jones

Professor Roger JonesProfessor Roger Jones MA DM FRCP FRCGP FMedSci has been Editor of the British Journal of General Practice since 2010. He has worked in clinical and academic general practice in Hampshire, Northumberland and London. From 1993-2010 he was Wolfson Professor of General Practice at Guy’s and St Thomas’s, later King’s College London, and a GP in Lambeth Walk, in south east London. His research interests have included gastrointestinal disorders, mental health, and medical education. He is founding President of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology in the UK and of the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. He edited the OUP journal Family Practice from 1990-2004, and was Editor in Chief of the Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care. Roger was Provost of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ South London Faculty from 2013-2016, and Chair of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund from 2013-2017.

John Launer

JL photo July 2018John Launer graduated in English literature at Cambridge before studying medicine at the Middlesex Hospital and becoming a general practitioner and family therapist. He has also been a medical writer and columnist since 1980.
He currently writes “On reflection” every month for the Postgraduate Medical Journal and was guest editor of the edition marking the centenary of William Osler’s death. John is an honorary senior lecturer at University College London, honorary lifetime consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, and lead for educational innovation at Health Education England.

Professor Neena Modi

ModiNeena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London, Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Immediate Past-President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and President-Elect of the UK Medical Women’s Federation.
Neena has made many contributions to health services with previous national roles that include President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee and Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group. She is a trustee of Theirworld and Action Cerebral Palsy.
Neena is head of a multidisciplinary neonatal research group focused on the perinatal determinants of life-long health. Her group were winners of the 2018 Royal College of Physicians of London Excellence in Patient Care Award for Innovation for “The National Neonatal Research Database: a road-map for NHS “big-data” to improve care, services and patient outcomes”. Neena has published over 250 peer-reviewed original research papers. She has also authored many commentaries, reviews and chapters in textbooks. She directs the well-known “Neonatal Update: The Science of Newborn Care”, an annual week-long international academic conference.
Neena received the “Woman of the Year” GG2 Leadership Award in 2018 and is ranked 51 among the top 101 high Asian achievers. In particular, she champions the necessity for a sound evidence-base for child health policy and practice, and the health equity that flows from a publicly funded, publicly provided health service.

Adrian Newland CBE

NewlandAdrian Newland is Professor of Haematology at Queen Mary University of London and Honorary Consultant at Barts Health National Health Service (NHS) Trust, London, UK, where he was the Director of Pathology.
He is ex-Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Diagnostic Assessment Programme and co-chairs the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on In-Vitro Diagnostics (SAGE-IVD) and is a member of the peer review group for the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer. He is Specialist Clinical Advisor in Pathology for NHS Improvement and Chair of the National Pathology Implementation and Optimisation Delivery Group. He chairs the Healthcare Forum for UKAS and has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director.
He is a former President of the British Society for Haematology, and was President of the Royal College of Pathologists from 2005–2008 and the International Society of Hematology (ISH) from 2014–2016.

Tim Nicholson

tim-nicholsonDr Tim Nicholson is a NIHR Clinician Scientist fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and honorary consultant in Neuropsychiatry at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His main clinical and research interests are in functional neurological (conversion) disorder (FND) and the organic causes of psychopathology, particularly via autoimmune mechanisms. He is currently investigating Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a potential treatment for FND causing limb paralysis. He is Honorary Secretary of the FPM.

Paul Nunn

Paul NunnFollowing a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University, Dr Nunn MA, FRCP qualified MB BS from University College Hospital, London in 1977. After training as a registrar in respiratory medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, he became Specialist Physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul, The Gambia. A lectureship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine followed during which Dr Nunn spent three years studying the interactions of HIV and tuberculosis in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991, joining the Global Tuberculosis Programme at the World Health Organization in Geneva in 1992. He worked on operational research and the development of the DOTS strategy for control of tuberculosis in low-income countries, going on to develop international policy in the management of HIV-associated TB, multi-drug resistance, and infection control. He has written a number of papers mainly on tuberculosis for peer-reviewed publications.
Since retiring from WHO in 2012, Dr Nunn has helped several countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle-East to review their national TB programmes, enhance their strategies to control tuberculosis, and raise funds from development agencies. He has also worked on strategy development in tuberculosis-related areas with the Global Fund, non-governmental organizations and a pharmaceutical company. He is currently Director of a consultancy addressing infectious diseases.

Ken Redekop

Ken Redekop is an associate professor at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management at Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Ken is also Editor-in-Chief of Health Policy and Technology, a journal that primarily focusses on the policy implications of new and existing health technologies. Ken has worked in health technology assessment, health services research, observational research and clinical trials for more than 25 years and has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. Many of his recent projects have involved the assessment of innovative medical devices and diagnostic tests in various stages of development, using data from randomised controlled trials, observational studies and computer modelling. Current examples include four EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects that aim to translate new ideas about prognostic and predictive biomarkers, big data analytics and drug delivery into viable products and services that can improve health as well as healthcare efficiency.

Donald Singer

Donald Singer is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, which publishes the Postgraduate Medical Journal (founded 1925) and Health Policy and Technology (founded 2012). He is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He trained as a registrar in renal medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital and went on to become a clinician and researcher at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, St George’s Medical School, Imperial College at Harefield and Warwick Medical School. International consultancy includes advice on clinical pharmacology and safety systems for medicines as a Yale School of Medicine Faculty member within the 7 year Human Resources for Health US-AID and CDC-supported programme in Rwanda. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Healthcare Professional Working Party of the European Medicines Agency on behalf of the European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He is a former member of the Council of the British Pharmacological Society and Panel Member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. He co-founded the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine with Professor Michael Hulse in 2009. @HealthMed

David Slovick

Dr David Slovick is a Consultant Physician at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust in West London and was formerly a Consultant Physician at Southend University Hospital. Following an MA in Physiological Sciences at the University of Oxford, he studied medicine and obtained his PhD at Middlesex Hospital Medical School.



Ros Taylor

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Ros qualified at Cambridge University in 1980. As a GP in Cumbria she joined pioneers to establish a palliative care unit in West Cumbria Hospital and became enthused by the specialty. In 1996, she took on the leadership role at the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Herts, a post she held until March 2015. During her time at St Francis she grew the medical team, secured funding for a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, but her main achievement was leading the project to build a new 14-bedded hospice building.
She then became Clinical Director at Hospice UK, a national umbrella charity for the hospice movement, and most recently has been back at the bedside as a palliative physician in the busy palliative care team at the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Hospitals in London. She lectures nationally and internationally.
Dr Taylor now has over 27 years experience in palliative care and was awarded an MBE for Services to Hospice Care following a nomination by a patient. She is contributing to the new Lancet Commission on the Value of Death and is a Senior Advisor to the Montreal 2020 International Congress on Palliative Care.
She is a Deputy Lieutenant in the county of Hertfordshire and a Trustee of Nightingale Hammerson Care Home in South London. @hospicedoctor

Allister Vale

ValeProfessor Allister Vale is consultant clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist and former Director of the National Poisons Information Service (Birmingham Unit) and the West Midlands Poisons Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK. He holds a professorial appointment in the University of Birmingham. He has served as President of the British Toxicology Society, of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists and of the Clinical and Translational Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He has also been a Trustee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology for six years and was awarded the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the only non-North American to be so honoured. He is a former Medical Director of the MRCP(UK) Examination and a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Scott Wright

Dr Scott WrightScott Wright is Anne Gaines and G. Thomas Miller Professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Hopkins Bayview.  Scott Wright received his M.D. from McGill University and completed his internal medicine residency training at Montreal General Hospital. After fellowship training at Hopkins, he joined the faculty in 1997. In recognition of Dr. Wright’s research accomplishments, he was elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Wright has been providing longitudinal primary care to patients in Baltimore since 1995, and he serves as a teaching attending on the inpatient medical services at Hopkins. For his teaching efforts, he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2009. Dr. Wright is Director of Hopkins’ Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence which is committed to recognizing and promoting excellence in patient care. @CLOSLER