Dr David HIRSH

Dr David HIRSH The George E. Thibault Academy Associate Professor and Director, Harvard Medical School Academy; Director and co-founder Harvard Cambridge Integrated Clerkship
Harvard Medical School / Cambridge Health Alliance
Internal Medicine, Cambridge, USA

David A. Hirsh, MD, FACP, graduated summa cum laude in History from Dartmouth College and earned his MD from the University of Virginia. He is the George E. Thibault Academy Associate Professor and Director of the Harvard Medical School Academy. Dr. Hirsh also directs the HMS Academy Medical Education Fellowship. He is the co-founder and Director of Harvard’s Cambridge Integrated Clerkship–the first academic longitudinal integrated clerkship or “LIC.” (This program helped launch a transformative restructuring of clinical education and is now replicated across the US, Canada, Australia, and in the UK, South Africa, and several other nations).

Dr. Hirsh has received local, national, and international honors for his teaching, academic work, clinical practice, and public service. His scholarship and academic contributions span academic domains, including “educational continuity,” medical education transformation, medical school program design, longitudinal integrated clerkships, OSCEs, clinical skills training and assessment, East Asian constructs of professionalism, humanism in medicine, and the theories and sciences of learning. Dr. Hirsh directed and authored/co-authored the cases for HMS’s OSCE for 14 years and collaborated to create OSCEs within and outside the US. He co-founded the international Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (CLIC) and serves as a visiting professor of education nationally and internationally. He is the co-editor of a book on educational transformation.

Clinically, Dr. Hirsh was the longest serving Medical Director of the City of Cambridge Healthcare for the Homeless Program, and he co-founded a community health center. He continues to practice in the Department of Medicine at the Women’s Health Center at Cambridge Health Alliance, to mentor student and faculty research, and to teach in courses in all four years of the HMS curriculum.

Colonel Sara HURLEY

Chief Dental Officer England
BDS (UBrist), MFGDP(UK), MSc (UCL), MA (King’s), FDSRCS, psc(j)
Honorary Professor Dentistry (University of Manchester)
Honorary Doctorate of Health (University of Plymouth)

England’s professional lead for oral health and dental care – responsibilities include supporting NHS England, Health Education England and the Department of Health Ministerial team with professional and clinical advice.

Graduating from Bristol University in 1988 Sara was commissioned into the Army. Having consolidated her clinical skills across a series of postings and operational deployments she embarked on an MSc in Dental Public Health (University College London). This was followed by her appointment as principal advisor on oral health matters to Director General of the Army Medical Services. On completion of an MA in Defence Studies with King’s College London she swopped desk for desert, deploying first to Afghanistan as the in-theatre Senior Operational Manager for UK healthcare planning and logistics and then, in 2008, to Iraq. In 2009 Sara shifted from operational to strategic with a focus on workforce planning and the development of a personnel strategy to future proof military healthcare capability for 2020 and beyond. In 2011 she led a team tasked to amalgamate three military Regional Healthcare Departments into a single entity. Responsibilities included commissioning primary and secondary healthcare provision in Brunei and Nepal Garrisons; commissioning military healthcare support to deployed personnel in Canada and Kenya, and establishing a unified UK-wide Occupational Health Service for the Army Reserve. Alongside this project she has pursued an interest into the health outcomes of ex-Service personnel; authoring a literature review of the evidence-base for Veteran health outcomes and as a contributor to Lord Ashcroft’s Veterans’ Transition Review her last assignment with the military, was as Commanding Officer of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine alongside the Queen Elizabeth University Foundation Trust, Birmingham. This role was accompanied by her appointment as Chief Dental Officer for the Army and Queen’s Honorary Dental Surgeon, both honours were relinquished on transition to Chief Dental Officer England in 2015.

Professor Neil JOHNSON

Professor Neil JOHNSONProfessor of Medical Education. Formerly Dean of Faculty of Health and Medicine.
Lancaster University, Lancaster Medical School
Lancaster, UK

Neil is Professor of Medical Education at Lancaster University where he was Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine from 2014 until his retirement in 2018.

Having completed his initial medical education at Cambridge and Oxford, Neil trained as a General Practitioner. Alongside his work as a GP he took on a series of academic roles. He then moved into the leadership and management of medical training, becoming Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education at the University of Oxford in 1998 and then Postgraduate Medical Dean at the University of Leicester in 2001. Following a period working closely with the Department of Health on NHS training (as Group Director of Learning Programmes and Services at NHSU (2003-5)) he moved to Warwick Medical School, ultimately becoming Professor of Medical Education (2008) and Pro Dean Education (2010). He worked as a GP until 2014.

Neil’s research interests lie in medical education and he has published on a wide range of topics in the field. He has also served on a wide range of committees at regional and national level. He is an adviser to the General Medical Council and is also a Non-Executive Director of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Dame Clare MARX

Dame Clare MARXChair
General Medical Council
London , UK

Dame Clare Marx is Chair of the GMC.

Clare joins a growing body of women leaders in healthcare. She became a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Mary’s and St Charles’ in 1990 before moving to work at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in 1993 for the next 20 years, becoming Associate Medical Director for appraisal and revalidation in 2013.

Clare chaired the Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialist Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Surgeons and co-authored the first competency-based curriculum in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. She received a CBE for services to medicine in 2007 and was elected President of the British Orthopaedic Association the following year. In 2009 she was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and chaired the Invited Review Mechanism from 2011-14 before being elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2014-17), the first woman in the history of the College to hold this role. Clare was also the Chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management until the end of 2018.

She is the first woman to hold the Chair since the GMC was established 160 years ago.

Professor Andrew MORRIS CBE

Professor Andrew MORRIS CBEDirector
Health Data Research UK
London, UK

Since August 2017 ANDREW MORRIS has been the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK, the multi-funder UK Institute for health and biomedical informatics research that will capitalise on the UK’s renowned data resources and research strengths to transform lives through health data science. He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, having taken up position in August 2014. Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee. Andrew was Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate (2012-2017) and has served and chaired numerous national and international grant committees and Governmental bodies. Andrew was awarded a CBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honour’s List. His research interests span informatics and chronic diseases. He has published over 300 original papers and has attracted over £50million in grant funding.


Prof Femi OYEBODEProfessor of Psychiatry & Consultant Psychiatrist
National Centre for Mental Health & University of Birmingham

Femi Oyebode was born in Lagos Nigeria. He graduated with distinction from the University of Ibadan Nigeria in 1977. He trained in psychiatry in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has been consultant psychiatrist in Birmingham since 1986. He was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham in 1999. He was responsible for year-4 clinical placements in psychiatry from 2001-2019. He was involved in RCPsych examinations from 1989 to 2005 and was Chief Examiner Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2002-2005. He is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry. His research interests include clinical psychopathology and medical humanities. He is the author of Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind: textbook of descriptive psychopathology 4-6th editions. His other books include Mindreadings- literature and psychiatry & Madness at the Theatre. He has published 5 volumes of poetry and contributed critical essays to the Oxford Companion to 20th Century Poetry and Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry. He received the RCPsych Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Dr David A ROSS

Dr David A ROSSAssociate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, USA

Dr. Ross is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Yale Adult Psychiatry Residency. The primary focus of his scholarly activities is on designing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational resources. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative, the goal of which is to improve the integration of cutting-edge neuroscience into psychiatry. Through this work, he has helped create a set of shared curriculum resources that are now in use at more than 200 programs across the US and internationally. He has also overseen the creation of a series of Clinical Commentaries in Biological Psychiatry and a set of brief video resources (conceptualized as a hybrid between a TED talk and a Moth story), each of which is designed to take one core concept in neuroscience and make it clear, relevant, and accessible for a clinical audience.