Professor Paul Stewart

The University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Paul Stewart FMedSci as the next Dean of the School of Medicine.

Professor Stewart is currently Dean of Medicine at the University of Birmingham and will succeed Professor David Cottrell who has successfully led the School for the last five years.

Trained in medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Paul held a number of positions in Edinburgh before joining the University of Birmingham in 1989. His career has been supported at the highest level by personal career awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust Programme grants and, most recently, by a European Research Council Advanced Research Fellowship. 

Paul is an Endocrinologist and has 270 original publications to his name that have generated in excess of 13,500 citations. His main research interest is in the field of steroid hormones and the role they play in hypertension, obesity/ metabolism and inflammation. He has a strong commitment to research-led education and has taken a pride in instilling this culture throughout the Endocrinology/Diabetes/Reproduction Module and the wider, recently reformed MB ChB curriculum at Birmingham. Paul is passionate in his support for students, their welfare and professional values and this is exemplified through his popular Dean’s blog.

On a national level, Paul is chair of the MRC Training and Careers Board, a MRC Strategy Board member, a trustee of the British Heart Foundation and Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society of Endocrinology. He will be heavily involved in the REF as a member of Panel 1 (Clinical Medicine).

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Stewart to the University of Leeds. He is an excellent academic with a proven, first rate track record in leadership and management,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur. “This is a tremendously important appointment for the University, and I am sure that Paul has a key role to play in the continuing development and success of our School of Medicine.”

No stranger to Yorkshire, Paul was born in Harrogate, educated in Knaresborough and still has family in the area. Paul’s appointment as Dean comes with an ongoing commitment from the University to support an innovative and selective biomedical research strategy predicated on international excellence. He takes up his new role on 1 August 2013 and is already working with David Cottrell to ensure a smooth handover.

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