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Frank Sullivan has been an academic GP since 1984.  He was appointed as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews in 2017 where he is also the Director of Research in the School of Medicine.  His research interests lie mainly in health informatics and community based trials, covering the spectrum from record-linkage of electronic health records to decision support to the evaluation of complex interventions.  Professor Sullivan has published 234 papers on primary care research, notably in the early detection of cancer and the management of diabetes and Bell’s palsy.  He won the British Medical Association Research paper of the year in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 – the first family physician since 1908. His clinical practice is currently in Glenrothes.

From March 1998 until February 2014 he was the NHS Tayside professor of R&D in General Practice and Primary Care.  In the seven years before moving to Toronto he was the clinical director of the Scottish School of Primary Care.  From 2014-17 he was the inaugural Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair at North York General Hospital and director of the University of Toronto’s Practice Based Research Network: UTOPIAN.  He is an honorary professor in the University of Dundee, the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist in the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Ontario

Profile Keywords

General Practice; Primary Care; Clinical Trials; Health Data Science; Systematic Reviews

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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