Head of Division
Professor Charles Wolfe
Head of the Division of Health and Social Care Research, King's College London School of Medicine, Professor of Public Health and Head of Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences.
Charles Wolfe trained in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1978. After two years in general practice, he went on to train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, obtaining the MRCOG in 1985.
He subsequently studied for an MD in neuroendocrine aspects of pregnancy as a research Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital. He then trained in Public Health at St Thomas’ and became a Senior Lecturer/honorary Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 1992 and was awarded a personal Chair in 2002.
He then went on to become Head of the cross College Research Division of Health and Social Care in 2004 and Head of the Department of Public Health Sciences in 2006, and Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences in 2010.
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His research interests have predominantly been in the epidemiology and health services research aspects of stroke, although he has maintained an interest in women’s health having undertaken studies in gynaecological cancer, maternity care and maternal morbidity.
Full details of the stroke research group can be found at the stroke team website. He established a community based South London Stroke Register (SLSR) in 1988 that has been maintained ever since for various programmes of work. The focus of the epidemiology has been on estimating acute and longer term needs of stroke, the risk of stroke in a multi ethnic community and developing chronic disease register methodology.
The SLSR has been used as a sampling frame for trials of early supported discharge after stroke, secondary prevention, carer support and qualitative studies. Charles has coordinated four successive EU funded programmes assessing the quality of stroke care in Europe.
Charles has been involved in clinical management for over fifteen years, having been Director of Women’s Health at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Director of Clinical Development and currently Director of R&D.
He is a member of the NHS R&D Forum and chairs the NHS Confederation HSR Board. He is a member of the Stroke Association R&D committee, various Department of Health stroke working groups and the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Group. He is an NIHR Inaugural Senior Investigator.
Wolfe CDA. Rehabilitation therapy services for stroke patients living at home: A systemic review of the randomised trials. Outpatients Service Trialists Lancet. (2004) 363(9406): 352-357. View
Heuschmann PU, Grieve AP, Toschke AM, Rudd AG, Wolfe CD. Ethnic Group Disparities in 10-Year Trends in Stroke Incidence and Vascular Risk Factors. The South London Stroke Register (SLSR). Stroke. 2008;39:2204-2210 Link
The European Registers of Stroke (EROS) Investigators. Incidence of Stroke in Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Stroke. 2009;40:1557-1563 Link
Langhorne P. Taylor G, Murray G, Dennis M, Anderson C, Bautz-Holter E, Dey P, Indredavik B, Mayo N, Power N, Rodgers H, Morten Ronning O, Rudd A, Suwanwela N, Widen-Holmqvist L, Wolfe C. Early supported discharge services for stroke patients: a meta-analysis of individual patients' data. Lancet 2005; 365: 501-06. View