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Professor Douglas Corfield (PhD) - personal details

Contact details

Professor Douglas Corfield

Role: Professor of Medical Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2385


Manchester Medical School
Stopford Building
Room G.013
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PT




I am a physiologist with 25 years of experience of undergraduate medical and biomedical education.  Over this time, I have held senior leadership roles in medical education including programme management, teaching delivery and curriculum development in six distinct undergraduate medical curricula - initially in London teaching hospitals and subsequently at Keele and Manchester Medical Schools.

My research has two main components, each directed to a better understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory regulation in humans.  Dysfunction in these systems is directly related to morbidity and mortality in conditions such as chronic lung disease, sleep-disordered breathing and stroke.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

The Physiological Society


BSc Physiology (London)

PhD Physiology (London)


Programme Director MBChB

Deputy Head, Manchester Medical School


I joined Manchester Medical School in 2010 as Director of Studies for Phase 1 of the MBChB, responsible for the delivery of the first 2 years of the medical programme.  In 2014, I took on the role of Programme Director for the MBChB, a role in which I am responsible for the strategic leadership and management of an undergraduate programme that runs over 5 year and comprises approx. 2200 students.  As Programme Director, I must oversee the delivery of the programme by a number of partners, key amongst these being two of the Faculties of Manchester University, NHS partnership trusts across Greater Manchester and the North West and a wide community of general practitioners.  In addition to these leadership and management roles, I teach and tutor on the MBChB