Liam Donaldson

Born May 3, 1949

Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson was the Chief Medical Officer for England, the 15th occupant of the post since it was established in 1855. As such he was principal advisor to the United Kingdom Government on health matters and one of the most senior officials in the National Health Service. In the 2002 New Year Honours, Liam Donaldson received a knighthood in recognition of his achievements in health and health care.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Liam Donaldson.

  • Surgeons Condemn 'appalling' Lack Of Action On Cosmetic Surgery Regulation
    Guardian (UK) - Feb 13, 2014
  • Nhs Director To Investigate Safety Of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
    Guardian (UK) - Aug 14, 2012
  • Hospital Inquiry: Witnesses Confirmed Staffordshire Newsletter
    Google News - Aug 30, 2011
  • Superbug Risk To Children Given Too Many Antibiotics Daily Mail
    Google News - Aug 24, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Liam Donaldson.


1949 Birth Born on May 3, 1949.


1972 23 Years Old Donaldson qualified in medicine from the University of Bristol in 1972, and he did his two six-month pre-registration house jobs at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
1976 27 Years Old He graduated with an MSc in anatomy from the Birmingham University in 1976.


1994 45 Years Old Between 1994 and 1998 he was Regional Director for the NHS Region of Northern and Yorkshire, and prior to that Regional Medical Officer and Regional Director of Public Health for the Northern Regional Health Authority. … Read More
1998 49 Years Old Donaldson was appointed as Chief Medical Officer in 1998.


2004 55 Years Old He is also Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, which was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in October 2004. … Read More


In March 2009, to combat what he referred to as the country's drinking problem or 'passive drinking', Donaldson recommended setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol at 50p and tightening licensing laws. … Read More
2010 61 Years Old On 1 July 2010 he was appointed the Chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board overseeing the polio eradication initiative coordinated by the World Health Organization.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.