King's Vice-Principal elected President of GMC08 Nov 2001, PR 30/01 Professor Graeme Catto, Vice-Principal and Dean of the Guy's, King's and St Thomas's Hospitals Medical & Dental School at King's College London, has been elected as the new President of the General Medical Council.
Speaking of his appointment, Professor Catto said: "I am looking forward to working closely with the public and the profession to ensure high standards of medical practice. Protection of the public is best achieved through education and training."
Professor Catto will take office at the General Medical Council on 1 February 2002, while continuing to fulfil his role at King's College London.
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King's is one of the two oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with some 12,200 undergraduate students and over 4,500 postgraduates in ten schools of study. The College is among the country's top four higher education institutions for the number of highest-rated subject areas for research quality. It is in the top group of five universities for research earnings and has an annual turnover of £285 million and research income from grants and contracts in excess of £80 million (1999-2000).
Professor Graeme R D Catto MD, DSc, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCPEGlas, FRSE, FMedSci
Graeme Catto has been involved with academic medicine in a distinguished career spanning 30 years. Following graduation from the University of Aberdeen in 1969, he obtained a Harkness Fellowship to study at Harvard University and returned to Aberdeen in 1977 as a Senior Lecturer, then Professor of Medicine & Therapeutics and subsequently Dean. He is an honorary physician with an interest in renal medicine and has published widely on different aspects of nephrology and immunology.
Professor Catto joined King's in October 2000. Prior to this he had been Vice-Principal of the University of Aberdeen since 1985, and was appointed Chief Scientist at the Scottish Executive Health Department in 1997. He has been a member of the GMC Council since November 1994, and has served on the GMC's Education Committee and Committee on Professional Performance, amongst other roles.
He serves, or has served, on a number of national committees, including the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, the Joint Medical Advisory Committee, and the Royal College of Physicians. He has also served on the Board of Management for the Scottish Institute of Sports Medicine and Sports Science, and was a non-executive Director of Liberty Occupations Health Ltd.
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