Dame Sally Davies(1949-), Chief Medical Officer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Professor Dame Sally Davies was the first woman to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer in 2011. Before that she was the Chief Scientific Adviser and Director-General for Research and Development at the Department of Health. She has been instrumental in strengthening the links between clinical medicine and research, notably creating the National Institute for Health Research in 2006, and is a member of the World Health Organisation Executive Board. She was appointed a Dame in 2009 for services to medicine and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014 and the American National Academy of Medicine in 2015. As a clinician, Davies specialised in the treatment of diseases of the blood and bone marrow, particularly sickle cell disease.
Watch a film clip linked to a portrait of the sitter recorded for the Gallery in the Media section below