Sally Davies (doctor)

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Dame Sally Davies
Dame Sally Davies FMedSci DBE FRS.jpg
Sally Davies in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society
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 66)[1]
Birmingham, England
Nationality English
Alma mater
Occupation Chief Medical Officer for England
Profession Haematologist

Dame Sally Claire Davies, DBE 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 with the degree MB ChB from Manchester Medical School in 1972.[8] She gained an MSc degree from the University of London.[1]


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 1985–2011 and Professor of Haemoglobinopathies at Imperial College London from 1997–2011.[9] In 2011, Davies was made Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London.

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] In this role, Davies has written and spoken extensively about the rise of antimicrobial resistance including extensive work to raise the profile of resistance on the international agenda.[11]

Davies is notable for her support of early-career doctors, handing editorship of each of her statutory annual reports to a young doctor, including controversial public health doctor Simon Howard. This represents the first time a Chief Medical Officer has appointed an external editor for their annual reports.

Awards and honours[edit]

In February 2013, Davies was assessed as the 6th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour.[12]

Davies has received honorary degrees from a host of Universities including Keele University[13] and the University of Lincoln.[14] Sally Davies was awarded an honorary MD by Birmingham University in 2008.[15]

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

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 d "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's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  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. ^ "UK calls for international action on antimicrobial resistance". Department of Health. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Woman's Hour Power list". BBC Radio 4. February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Peter Coates picks up Keele University honorary degree". BBC. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Honorands". University of Lincoln. 
  15. ^
Government offices
Preceded by
Liam Donaldson
Chief Medical Officer for Her Majesty's Government
Succeeded by