Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam


Professor Jonathan Van-Tam was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in October 2017. He leads on health protection.

Career highlights:

  • Clinical experience in emergency medicine, anaesthesia, general medicine and infectious diseases
  • Clinical academic training in public health medicine
  • Became Clinical Senior Lecturer at Nottingham in 1997
  • Worked in the pharmaceutical and vaccines industries from 2000 (SmithKline Beecham 2000 to 2001, Roche Products Ltd 2001 to 2002 and Sanofi-Pasteur MSD 2002 to 2004)
  • Became Consultant Epidemiologist and Head of the Pandemic Influenza Office at the UK Health Protection Agency in 2004
  • Returned to Nottingham in 2007 as Clinical Professor of Health Protection
  • Consultant to the World Health Organization on influenza since 2004
  • Sat on the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the 2009 to 2010 pandemic crisis and afterwards
  • Chair of UK New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threat Advisory Group (NERVTAG), 2014 to 2017

Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Four Deputy Chief Medical Officers support the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in their role as independent adviser to government on medical matters and the Head of Profession for all directors of public health in local government.