Sir Liam Donaldson is a global leader in public health and health care quality and safety.
He is currently Chair in Health Policy at the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, London.
From 1998 to June 2010, Sir Liam was Chief Medical Officer for England and the United Kingdom's Chief Medical Adviser. Over his 12 years in post he produced a series of reports and policy initiatives that helped shape public health, NHS care and clinical practice. These included smoke-free public places, regulated stem cell research and the establishment of a health protection service.
Internationally, Sir Liam has served as member and Vice-Chairman of the World Health Organization's Executive Board and led the World Alliance for Patient Safety. He is currently the World Health Organization Director-General's envoy on patient safety and chairs the International Monitoring Board on polio eradication.
Sir Liam is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media, and is author of more than 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals and a standard text-book of public health. He has received many honours and awards including: a Knighthood in 2002, 15 honorary degrees from British universities, the Gold Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and a Picker Institute Award for leadership in patient-centred care.