Keith Peters (physician)

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Sir Keith Peters
Born David Keith Peters
(1938-07-26) July 26, 1938 (age 78)
Baglan, Glamorgan
Institutions University of Birmingham
National Institute for Medical Research
Welsh National School of Medicine
Royal Postgraduate Medical School
Alma mater Welsh National School of Medicine
Doctoral students Leszek Borysiewicz
Notable awards

Sir (David) Keith Peters FRS FMedSci FRCP FRCPE FRCPath FLSW (born 26 July 1938, in Baglan, Glamorgan) was Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge from 1987 to 2005, where he was also head of the School of Clinical Medicine.[2][3]


Educated at Glan Afan Grammar School, Peters graduated in Medicine from the Welsh National School of Medicine in 1961.[2]

Career and research[edit]

Peter's esearch interests focus on the role of the immune system in kidney and vascular diseases. His key achievements include increasing our understanding of how a kidney disease called glomerulonephritis develops.[1]

After posts at the University of Birmingham, the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill and the Welsh National School of Medicine, he was appointed Lecturer in Medicine and Consultant Physician at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS), Hammersmith Hospital.

Between 1969 and 1975 Peters was successively lecturer in Medicine, lecturer in Medicine and Immunology, and reader in Medicine, before being appointed Professor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1977. Peters' research interests centre on the immunology of renal and vascular disease, and in particular on how delineation of immunological mechanisms can lead to new therapies for these disorders.[4][5][6]

As of 2016 he serves on the executive committee of the Francis Crick Institute in London,[7] having served as a director of its predecessor, the National Institute for Medical Research[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Peters was knighted in the 1993 New Year's Honours List and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1995.[1] He was also a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Peters' major contributions to British medicine have been through the promotion of clinical research; at the RPMS he was responsible for sustaining the outstanding reputation of the Department of Medicine; and in Cambridge under his leadership the University's Clinical School became a major centre for medical research, complementing Cambridge's strengths in basic biomedical science. Peters was the President of the Academy of Medical Sciences from 2002 to 2006[8] and is currently[when?] a Senior Consultant in Research and Development for GlaxoSmithKline.

Peters is an Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge[9] and Clare Hall, Cambridge,[10] and has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from the universities of Wales, Aberdeen Nottingham,Paris, Birmingham, Leicester, Glasgow, Sussex, Bristol.[11] He delivered the Bradshaw Lecture to the Royal College of Physicians in 1985. On the 15th June 2016 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) by the University of Cambridge.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sir Keith Peters FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived September 25, 2015)

  2. ^ a b PETERS, Sir (David) Keith. Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Keith Peters's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Pusey, Charles D.; Rees, Andrew J.; Evans, David J.; Peters, D. Keith; Lockwood, C. Martin (1991). "Plasma exchange in focal necrotizing glomerulonephritis without anti-GBM antibodies". Kidney International. 40 (4): 757–763. doi:10.1038/ki.1991.272. PMID 1745027.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ Epstein, Franklin H.; Schifferli, Jurg A.; Ng, Yin C.; Peters, D. Keith (1986). "The Role of Complement and Its Receptor in the Elimination of Immune Complexes". New England Journal of Medicine. 315 (8): 488–495. doi:10.1056/NEJM198608213150805. PMID 2942776. 
  6. ^ Jones, J.Verrier; Bucknall, R.C.; Gumming, R.H.; Asplin, C.M.; Fraser, I.D.; Bothamley, Joy; Davis, P.; Hamblin, T.J. (1976). "Plasmapheresis in the Management of Acute Systemic Lupus Erythematosus". The Lancet. 307 (7962): 709–711. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(76)93088-9. PMID 56531. 
  7. ^ Anon (2016). "Executive committee". London: Francis Crick Institute. Archived from the original on 2016-06-14. 
  8. ^ "Professor Sir Keith Peters | Academy of Medical Sciences". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Professor Sir (David) Keith Peters | Christs College Cambridge". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Professor Sir Keith Peters | Clare Hall". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Bristol University | Public and Ceremonial Events Office | Professor Sir Keith Peters". 2005-07-14. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
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Educational offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Lachmann
President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, United Kingdom
2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Sir John Irving Bell