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Professor Iain Buchan (MD FFPH FACMI) - personal details

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Professor Iain Buchan

Role: Clinical Professor in Public Health Informatics

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5160


Vaughan House
Portsmouth St
M13 9GB




Iain's background is in Medicine, and alongside medical training, with intercalation in Pharmacology, he studied Statistics and Informatics. As an undergraduate in the late 1980s he wrote statistical software for clinical researchers, which grew into with over 17,000 users world-wide today. As a junior doctor, he developed software to improve the communication of clinical guidelines between primary and secondary care. In the mid-90s he trained as a Public Health Physician while pursuing Medical Informatics research at Cambridge. In 2003 he took up his first clincal academic post at Manchester, where he has attracted over £35M of research income and founded the Centre for Health Informatics, which has around fifty staff. In 2012 he was elected to Fellowship of the American College of Medical Informatics, which is the top international honour in the field of Biomedical and Health Informatics. In 2013 his team was awarded MRC Centre status and he became director of this, the Health eResearch Centre (, which is now the methodological hub of the national Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research (

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics

Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Level III Member of the Council for Health Informatics Professions

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society


FACMI, American College of Medical Informatics, 2012
FFPH, Faculty of Public Health, 2006
Public Health Specialist Register, General Medical Council 2002
MFPHM, Faculty of Public Health Medicine 2002
MD, University of Liverpool 2000
DPH, University of Cambridge 1999
MB ChB, University of Liverpool 1991
BSc (Hons Pharmacology), University of Liverpool 1989


Iain Buchan is a Clinical Professor in Public Health Informatics leading the Centre for Health Informatics.

From Manchester he also directs the Health eResearch Centre ( of the national Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research (

For the NHS and Public Health Service he is Chief Scientific Officer of North West e-Health (, and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health.


  1. Doctoral training 'college' in Public Health Informatics and Advanced Epidemiology. I supervise around five PhD students concurrently, and promote cohort-based, trans-disciplinary research training for both academic and professional leadership.
  2. Masters level training in: Public Health and Advanced Computer Science courses.
  3. Undergraduate medical education: Creating resources for Biostatistics and Epidemiology learning; supervising research projects.
  4. Professional training: Academic supervision of Public Health professionals in training; Contribution to continuing professional development courses in Public Health Intelligence.