Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. (KCL)
President, Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
Simon Wessely studied medicine and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London to train in psychiatry at the Maudsley. He has a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. He is consultant liaison psychiatrist at Maudsley and King’s College Hospitals.
He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. Its flagship project is a large-scale ongoing study of the health and wellbeing of the UK Armed Forces, has had a direct impact on public policy and on forms of treatment and help for Service personnel. Professor Wessely has over 750 original publications, with a particular emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, military health, population reactions to adversity, and epidemiology, He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals. He is a trustee of Combat Stress and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) eight times to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
In 2012 he was awarded the first Nature “John Maddox Prize” for Standing Up for Science, and was knighted in 2013 for services to Psychological Medicine and Military Health. Between 2014-2017 he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.