Sally Davies (doctor)

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Dame Sally Davies
Chief Medical Officer for England
Assumed office
1 June 2010
Preceded by Sir Liam Donaldson
Personal details
Born (1949-11-24) 24 November 1949 (age 64)[1]
Birmingham, England
Nationality English
Alma mater
Occupation Chief Medical Officer for England
Profession Haematologist

Dame Sally Claire Davies FRS[2] (born 24 November 1949)[1] is the Chief Medical Officer for England, and previously Director General of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and National Health Service in the United Kingdom.[3][4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Davies was born in Birmingham on 24 November 1949[7] to John and Emily (née Tordoff) Davies. She studied at Edgbaston High School for Girls, Birmingham.[7] She qualified as a medical doctor (MB ChB) from the University of Manchester in 1972.[8] She gained an Master of Science from the University of London.[citation needed]


Davies was a member of the steering group for the Biotechnology Innovation and Growth Team, chaired by Sir David Cooksey and its “refresh” the Health Care Industry Task Force, and is a member of the UK Health Innovation Council. She specialised in the research of sickle cell disease.[4] She was a Consultant Haematologist at the Central Middlesex Hospital (North West London NHS Trust) from 1995–2011 and professor of haemoglobinopathies at Imperial College London from 1997–2011.[9]

From June 2010, Davies was the interim Chief Medical Officer for HM Government and was confirmed as the permanent Chief Medical Officer in March 2011,[10] the first woman to hold that post.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

In February 2013 she was assessed as the 6th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour.[11] Her salary (£210,000) was the second highest in the NHS in 2013.[12]

Davies has received honorary degrees from Keele University[13] and the University of Lincoln.[14]

Davies was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. Her nomination reads

Sally Davies has made an outstanding contribution to science through her exceptional leadership in health research. As Director General for Research at the Department of Health she has been instrumental in transforming the health research system in the NHS through the creation of the National Institute for Health Research. This has re-invigorated clinical and applied health research, transformed experimental medicine, and strengthened University/NHS partnerships. As Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health, Sally has worked tirelessly, and successfully, to put scientific evidence at the heart of Government decisions that affect people’s health.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Davies first married in 1974, divorcing in 1982. She remarried in 1982, but her second husband died that same year. She married her third husband in 1989, and they have two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "DAVIES, Dame Sally (Claire)". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
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  3. ^ "Dame Sally Davies becomes new Chief Medical Officer (interim)". National Institute for Health Research. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Professor Dame Sally C. Davies". Department of Health (UK). Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Sally Davies (doctor) from the Scopus bibliographic database
  6. ^ Davies, S. C.; Fowler, T.; Watson, J.; Livermore, D. M.; Walker, D. (2013). "Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer: Infection and the rise of antimicrobial resistance". The Lancet 381 (9878): 1606. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60604-2. 
  7. ^ a b c "Professor Dame Sally Davies". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "List of Registered Medical Practitioners (The online Register)". General Medical Council. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "People of Today: Sally Claire Davies". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Professor Dame Sally Davies". NHS Confederation. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  11. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  12. ^ "Public sector chiefs' pay revealed: the 800 mandarins and quangocrats who earn over £100,000". Daily Telegraph. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Peter Coates picks up Keele University honorary degree". BBC. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Honorands". University of Lincoln. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Liam Donaldson
Chief Medical Officer for Her Majesty's Government
Succeeded by