Professor Jonathan Van-Tam
Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England
Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, has been appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England by the Department of Health. Professor Van-Tam is a globally-recognised expert on the ‘flu virus and other respiratory viruses including epidemiology, transmission and vaccines. He was born and bred on the Lincolnshire Fens, attending Boston Grammar School. From 2004 he has been an advisor to the World Health Organization on preparations for pandemics and response to outbreaks and from 2010 was leader of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Pandemic Influenza and Research based at the University of Nottingham.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officers are senior public health leaders who support the Chief Medical Officer – the most senior advisor on health and medicine to the government. The announcement of Professor Van-Tam’s appointment was made by the current Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, who said: “I would like to congratulate Professor Van-Tam on his appointment. His track record speaks for itself; he will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the role and I look forward to working closely with him.”