Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh OBE, FRSE

Current Member

Aziz is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Director of the Usher Institute at The University of Edinburgh.  He is Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, NHS Lothian, Director of the 16-university Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Director of the NIHR Global Respiratory Health Unit (RESPIRE), Director of the Scottish Allergy and Respiratory Academy, PI on the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on ePrescribing systems for Anti-Microbial Stewardship (ePAMS+), and is Co-Director of the NHS Digital Academy. 


Aziz has substantive academic and health policy interests in leveraging the potential of health information technology and data science to transform the delivery of health care and improve population health, which have led him to work with numerous governments, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.  He serves on the Steering Group and as Chair of the Evaluation Group of the WHO’s 3rd Global Safety Challenge on Medication Safety and is an adviser to the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office.


He is an editorial board member of PLOS Medicine, Medical Care, Health Informatics Journal and BMC Medicine, and is Editor-in-Chief of Nature Partnership Journal: Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. He is Guest Editor of PLOS Medicine’s forthcoming theme issue on Machine Learning in Healthcare and Biomedicine and BMC Medicine’s forthcoming theme issue on Big Data in Healthcare, and serves on The Lancet’s Commission on the Future of the NHS.  He chairs the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) Forum on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. He served on the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) for Medicine in 2014 and will again serve on this expert panel for REF 2021.


Aziz has, together with colleagues across the world, held research grants in excess of £100m, has over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications, and has a H-index of >100. His co-edited books include Health Care Errors and Patient Safety (Wiley, 2009), Patient Safety and Healthcare Improvement at a Glance (Wiley, 2014), Landmark Papers in Allergy: Seminal Papers in Allergy with Expert Commentaries (Oxford University Press, 2013), Middleton's Allergy Essentials (Elsevier, 2016), and Key Advances in Clinical Informatics (Elsevier, 2018).


He has given keynote and plenary presentations in over 40 countries and has won numerous national fellowships and awards including a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Practice based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2013-14).  He held the position of Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (2014-16) and currently holds visiting chairs at the University of Birmingham (UK), Queen Mary’s University of London (UK) and Maastricht University (the Netherlands). He is Co-Director of Harvard Medical School’s Safety, Quality, Informatics Leadership (SQIL) Program.


Aziz has been honoured with fellowships from 8 learned societies, including the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.  He is a founding Fellow of the UK’s Faculty of Clinical Informatics.  Aziz was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for ‘Services to Medicine and Health Care’ by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.  He was in 2017 awarded the American Public Health Association’s Donabedian Award and The University of Edinburgh’s Principal’s Medal for Exceptional Services.  He was in 2018 inducted into and was recently inducted into ISQua’s International Academy of Quality and Safety.   

Professor Sheikh received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2022.

Professor Sheikh joined the SSAC on 1 December 2019.