University of Leicester Professor honoured with national fellowship

Posted by pt91 at May 11, 2015 10:05 AM |
Accolade highlights distinctive contribution for the public benefit

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 May 2015

A leading academic at the University of Leicester has been awarded a national distinction – a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to her discipline.

Academy Fellows are elected for excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare.

One of 48 new Fellows announced this year, Professor Dixon-Woods said: “Election to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences is a huge honour for me personally, but is also evidence of how social science is now recognised as having a key role to play in modern medicine. The award is further affirmation of the excellent environment that University of Leicester provides for conducting interdisciplinary research that helps improve care for patients. I have my wonderful colleagues – without whom very little would be possible – to thank for my achievements.”

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle, said: “This well-deserved award represents recognition from the medical sciences community of the distinguished contribution that Professor Mary Dixon-Woods has made to the study and development of medical sociology for the public benefit.

“It is a great accolade for her and the University of Leicester, which prides itself on the strength of its interdisciplinary research. Professor Dixon-Woods joins an illustrious group of distinguished academicians at the University of Leicester who have now been awarded fellowships of professional bodies in their disciplines.”

Mary Dixon-Woods is Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the SAPPHIRE group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She leads a programme of research focused on patient safety and healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is a fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Science, and holds honorary positions as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, a visiting professor at Imperial College’s Centre for Infection Prevention and Management, and a visiting associate professor at Dartmouth College. She was, in 2012, one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. She served on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England in 2012. She was recently a member of the Patient Safety Forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health and is currently serving as an expert panel member the US National Patient Safety Foundation’s review of patient safety.

Founded in 1998, the Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK that represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Its mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said, “The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their broad range of expertise and fantastic achievements to date shows just how strong the Fellowship is – from the NHS knowledge of Sir Andrew Dillon to the policy experience of Professor Christl Donnelly. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Professor Dixon-Woods will be conferred with her Fellowship later in the year.


This year Fellows were chosen from 362 candidates. The seven Sectional Committees met in March to consider potential Fellows for 2015 entry to the Academy. Three nominators from within the Fellowship must back each candidate. The Academy Registrar, Professor Moira Whyte, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Sheffield, oversees the election.

The election brings the number of Fellows to 1169.

In 2013, the Academy released the report “Representation of women within the Academy’s Fellowship”, which scrutinised the nomination and election process for gender balance and equality.

The independent Academy of Medical Sciences promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated into benefits for patients. The Academy’s Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service.

Further details may be obtained from The Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH. Tel: 020 3176 2183

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