University of Leicester eBulletin

New Deputy Chief Medical Officer Announced

October 2002
No 219

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, with the agreement of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health, has announced the appointment of Professor Aidan Halligan as the successor to Dr Sheila Adam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Dr Adam left the Department of Health earlier this year to take up post as Director of Public Health and Health Strategy at North East London Strategic Health Authority.

Professor Halligan is currently on secondment to the NHS Modernisation Agency from his post as Professor of Fetal Maternal Medicine at the University of Leicester. He has been fulfilling the role of the Director of the NHS Clinical Governance Programme.
Professor Aidan Halligan
Professor Aidan Halligan

Aidan Halligan, who is 45, graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1984 and completed postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, and Leicester Royal Infirmary, working in the NHS and in the University. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant at the University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1994 and, subsequently, as Professor of Fetal Maternal Medicine in 1997 and Head of Obstetric Service from 1998. His particular research interests are health services research and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Professor Halligan was appointed as Director of Clinical Governance for the NHS and Head of the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team (part of the NHS Modernisation Agency) in September 1999.

Sir Liam Donaldson, a graduate and honorary graduate of the University of Leicester and a former member of University staff, is presently a Visiting Professor in the University's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

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