Professor David Crossman

Current Member

Ex-Officio Member

Professor David Crossman was appointed Chief Scientist, Health, on 1 November 2017.

This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government. Professor Crossman remains Dean of Medicine and Head of School at St Andrews. Professor Crossman succeeds Professor Andrew Morris, who stood down from the Chief Scientist role in July.

Professor David Crossman qualified in medicine in 1982 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.  He undertook postgraduate clinical training in London and Birmingham, joining the Hammersmith Hospital in 1985 as registrar (Clinical Pharmacology and Cardiology).  In 1987 he was an MRC Clinical Training and then senior registrar (Cardiology) in 1990.  In 1994 he became the first Professor of Clinical Cardiology at the University of Sheffield.  In 2007, the group he led was awarded an NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, of which he became Director.  In 2008, he became head of a university department at the University of Sheffield.

In 2011 Professor Crossman became Dean of Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia and in 2014 moved to Scotland with his family and took up the post of Dean of Medicine at the University of St Andrews. 

During all of his professorial appointments he has remained a practising honorary consultant cardiologist in NHS Fife practicing outpatients cardiology. He has developed the Scottish graduate entry (ScotGEM) medicine programme run between the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee. His research interest is in the inflammatory basis of coronary artery disease.

He is Chair of the MRC/NIHR Efficacy Mechanism and Evaluation Board and a member of the BHF Chairs and Programme Grants committee.