Prof. Alastair BUCHAN

Professor Alastair Buchan is the Dean of Medicine and Head of the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, a clinical neurologist and experimental neuroscientist; he is the Professor of Stroke Medicine in the University of Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital where he is an Honorary Consultant Neurologist. He is a Professorial Fellow in Medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Educated at Repton School, studied at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard and undertook Medicine and Neurology Specialty training at Oxford and Imperial, before completing the Neurology Residency Training Program in London, Ontario, Canada. His research and specialty training in Stroke was undertaken as an MRC Centennial Fellow at Cornell University Medical College in New York. His research interests are in neuronal survival following ischaemia and his clinical research is in developing effective intervention using thrombolysis, thrombectomy and neuroprotection in acute stroke.

From 1995 to 2005, he led the Calgary Stroke Program at Foothills Hospital and was Heart and Stroke Foundation Professor of Stroke Research at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The Stroke team in Calgary pioneered the introduction of thrombolysis in a community setting, which led to the Canadian CASES and FASTER studies and the ASPECTS Scoring System. Using ASPECTS to select patients for endovascular intervention the Calgary team has gone on to demonstrate the effectiveness of thrombectomy in acute stroke, the ESCAPE trial.

Since returning to the University of Oxford in 2005, he has established an Acute Stroke Program, opened the new Acute Vascular Imaging Centre and was the founding Director of Oxford’s NIHR Biomedical Research Centre that opened in the spring of 2007 and was competitively renewed in 2012. Appointed Dean and Head of the Medical Sciences Division in 2007, he has established a number of new departments in the University including a new Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the Department of Oncology, the Nuffield Department of Population Health, the Nuffield Department of Primary Health and the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. He helped establish Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which came to being in November 2011. Since then the medical school/ medical sciences division at Oxford has for five successive years, held the top ranking worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.