UCLH’s Professor Chris Whitty is the new chief medical officer for England 

07/06/2019 00:00 
UCLH’s Professor Chris Whitty has been appointed as the new chief medical officer (CMO) for England and the UK government’s chief medical adviser.

Professor Whitty is a consultant in infectious diseases at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and in acute medicine at University College Hospital. He will replace Professor Dame Sally Davies, the current CMO, when she takes up a new role as master of Trinity College Cambridge in October 2019.

"It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity as chief medical officer for England to be able to support colleagues in public health, the NHS and social care around the country to improve the health of the nation,” said Professor Whitty.

“I look forward to working within the Department of Health and Social Care and across Whitehall to support the Government in leading the nation’s health and care."

UCLH chief executive Professor Marcel Levi: “Congratulations to Professor Whitty on this fantastic, and well-deserved, appointment. He is an outstanding clinician and academic, who has already made a significant contribution to public and international health.”

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “Professor Whitty will make an excellent chief medical officer, bringing his extensive clinical experience and a passion for keeping the nation healthy. I can think of no better person to lead the fight against infectious diseases, public health threats, and lead the medical profession to continue keeping us as healthy as possible.”

Professor Whitty has been chief scientific adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care since 2016. He is also a professor of public and international health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

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