Professor Sir John Tooke

Professor Sir John Tooke

Professor Sir John Tooke, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences,  will be awarded Doctor of the University in recognition of his contribution to Medicine (Wednesday, 10th July 2013).

Since 2009, Sir John has been based at University College London as Vice-Provost (Health), Head of the School of Life and Medical Sciences, and Head of the Medical School, as well as Academic Director of UCL’s Academic Health Science Centre, UCL Partners.

He was elected President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in November 2011, and is the immediate past Chair of both the Medical Schools Council and the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee. He is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Advisory Board and the Council for Science and Technology. He was knighted in the 2007 New Year’s Honours for services to medicine.

Having graduated in Medicine from St John’s College, Oxford in 1974, he went on to become a Wellcome Trust Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Physiology and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School before moving to the Postgraduate Medical School of the University of Exeter in 1987.

In 1998 he led the bid for the development of the Peninsula Medical School and was appointed its inaugural Dean in 2000. He also successfully led the bid for the creation of the Peninsula Dental School, resulting in the creation of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, of which he was the Inaugural Executive Dean.

Sir John’s clinical and research interests focus on diabetes and its vascular complications, and he built an internationally recognised research team in these areas at Exeter. The University of Exeter was awarded a ‘Queen’s Anniversary Prize’ for his work on the pathogenesis of diabetic microangiopathy. In addition to more fundamental work on the complications of diabetes, his research has embraced screening and service delivery and organisational issues and the patient’s perspective.

He is a recipient of the European Association of Diabetes ‘Camillo Golgi Award’, former Chair of Diabetes UK Professional Section, and former President of the European Society for Microcirculation.

In 2007 he led the Inquiry for the Secretary of State for Health into Postgraduate Medical Education and Training, culminating in the final report, Aspiring to Excellence. In the same year he led a high-level group for the Chief Medical Officer on Barriers to Clinical Effectiveness, the report of which led to the creation of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, which work to understand the barriers to evidence-based practice and overcome them for the benefit of the population.

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Monday, 1 July 2013