Our patrons are experts in global health or related fields who have pledged to support Medsin by offering informal advice and mentoring to the network, speaking at key events and conferences, and publicising us in their day to day work. We currently have 5 patrons – see below for more information about them.
lord nigel crisp
Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords and works mainly on international development and global health. From 2000 to 2006, he was both Chief Executive of the NHS, the largest health organisation in the world, and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health and led major reforms in the English health system. He has a particular interest in human resources and partnerships. In 2007 he co-chaired an international Task Force on increasing the education and training of health workers globally with Commissioner Bience Gawanas of the African Union. Its report, Scaling up, Saving Lives, sets out practical ways to increase the training of health workers in developing countries. Nigel Crisp chairs Sightsavers International, is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has many other affiliations. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, he worked in community development and industry before joining the NHS in 1986. He has worked in mental health as well as acute services and was from 1993 to 1997 the Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust, one of the UK’s leading academic medical centres.
professor sir andrew haines
Andy Haines was Dean (subsequently Director) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine between 2001-2010. In that role he was responsible for the management of over 1000 staff and 3700 postgraduate students. He is currently Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM. He was previously an inner city GP in London and Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL, currently he is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM. His international experience includes working in Jamaica, Nepal, Canada and the USA. His publications cover topics such as climate change and health, evaluation of complex interventions in primary care and various aspects of global health policy. He has been a member of many national and international committees including the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research and the MRC Strategy Board; he currently chairs the Tropical Health Education Trust. He has spoken at a number of Medsin conferences and has been a Patron for 4 years.
"Medsin provides an invaluable forum for students to learn more about the global issues that influence health and debate how we can contribute to improving the health of disadvantaged populations around the world. There is much that can be done both as individuals and collectively to influence policy and practice in order to advance health worldwide. Medsin fulfils a unique role in reminding us that we are all inhabitants of an increasingly interconnected world and that as health professionals our responsibilities extend beyond national boundaries."
dr richard horton
Richard Horton qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He completed his general medical training in Birmingham before moving to the liver unit at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1990, he joined the Lancet as an assistant editor and moved to New York as North American Editor in 1993. Two years later he returned to the UK to become Editor-in-Chief. He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors, and is presently a member of the International Committee on Medical Journal Editors. He is an honorary professor at the LSHTM, and a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His book about controversies in modern medicine, Second Opinion, was published in 2003. Richard has spoken at numerous Medsin events including the Global Health Conference (GHC) 2006, the GHC 2007 and the IFMSA August Meeting 2007 in Canterbury.
professor sir michael marmot
Professor Sir Michael Marmot is currently Director of the Institute of Health Equity and MRC Research Professor in Epidemiology at University College London. He has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 30 years. He has been invited by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to conduct a European review of health inequalities. At the request of the British Government, he previously conducted a review of health inequalities, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He chaired the Department of Health Scientific Reference Group on tackling health inequalities.
mr mike rowson
Mike Rowson is currently Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL Institute for Global Health, and is responsible for the strategic development of the Institute's education activities. He has directed both the undergraduate and postgraduate global health programmes, and currently leads or contributes to a number of different modules. He is previous Executive Director of the UK-based global health charity Medact, which undertakes education and advocacy on the health effects of conflict, poverty and environmental change. His research and teaching interests are related to the policy and political economy of global health, including: global health governance; health care markets in developing countries; the impact of economic change on health outcomes; and conflict and health. Mike has been a strong supporter of Medsin since its inception in 1997, regularly speaking at national and branch level meetings and contributing to the development of the organisation’s education and campaigning work. He strongly believes that medical and other health professional students should encounter global health as part of their training and that the subject should be taught from a range of different disciplinary perspectives to reflect the reality that global health is not just about medicine or health care.
“Medsin has grown enormously from when it first started and is an amazing network for global health covering nearly all UK medical schools. It shows the popularity of global health and how much students want to be involved in changing the world around them. I’m proud to be associated with it”.