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Professor Sir Christopher Whitty

Professor Sir Christopher Whitty


Professor Sir Christopher Whitty HonFBPhS


Department of Health and Social Care

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Professor Chris Whitty is England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the UK Government’s Chief Medical Adviser. Chris is also the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Chris is a practicing NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College. Chris is an epidemiologist and has undertaken research, including many trials, in the UK, Africa and Asia. He was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before becoming CMO. Previously Chris was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2017 to 2018 and prior to that the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID).