President welcomes the announcement of Chief Medical Officer appointment

Professor Chris Whitty CB FMedSci has been appointed as new Chief Medical Officer. He will start in October, replacing Professor Dame Sally Davies who was appointed as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Professor Chris Whitty CB FMedSci

Responding to the announcement, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Chris Whitty – he is a fantastic choice for Chief Medical Officer. The Academy has worked closely with Chris in his previous roles, and we know from experience that he is both a champion of harnessing research to improve lives for patients and an inspiring leader.

 “I have no doubt that he will continue the excellent work of those who held the position before him to continue to further public health and biomedical research in the UK and globally.”

Professor Whitty was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011.

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health, with overall responsibility for Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) research and development including the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and supporting the department’s analysis and life sciences. He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development.


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