Professor Chris Whitty

Christopher Whitty CB FRCP FMedSci is Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597) at Gresham College. He is also Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK Government's Chief Medical Adviser, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care and head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 

He still practices as an NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. He is involved in many day-to-day public health decisions for the UK.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession and was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Before becoming CMO he was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and was previously Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health.

Professor Whitty has worked as a clinician and in public health and clinical research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He undertook his postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and medical law.

The major cancers and their prevention and treatment are the theme for his second series of lectures as Gresham Professor of Physic.

Professor Whitty's lectures series are as follows:

2020/21 Major Debates in Public Health

2019/20 Cancer: A Fight we are Steadily Winning (series continued into 2020/21)

2018/19 Infections Diseases: The Oldest Enemy

2017/18 Chronic Diseases (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)

2016/17 Bold Ideas in Medicine (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)

2014/15, 2015/16 Medicine at the Extremes of Life (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)

2013, 2014 and 2016 Imported Infections and Epidemics (as Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health)

All lectures by the Gresham Professors of Physic can be accessed here.

Upcoming Lectures
Recent Past Lectures
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The Role of the State in Public Health, and its Limits

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 - 6:00PM
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The Changing Geography of Ill Health

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 6:00PM
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Bowel Cancer and Digestive Cancers

Professor Chris Whitty
Monday, 7 December 2020 - 6:00PM
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Screening: When is it Useful, When is it Not?

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 - 6:00PM
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Vaccination

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 - 6:00PM
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What Can We Do About Rising Obesity?

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 - 6:00PM
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COVID-19

Professor Chris Whitty
Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 6:00PM
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Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 6:00PM
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Prostate and Testicular Cancer

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - 6:00PM
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Breast, Uterine and Ovarian Cancers

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 6:00PM
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Infection, Immunity and Cancer

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 6:00PM
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The Changing Impact of Infections as We Go Through Life and Age

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 6:00PM
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Can We Control Taste?

Professor Chris Whitty
Thursday, 12 July 2018