Frank Sullivan has been a Senior Research Fellow International Prevention Research Institute since 2012. Following clinical training in the West of Scotland and fourteen years as a partner in a practice in Blantyre during which time he completed a PhD and a year’s work in the Seychelles he was appointed to the NHS Tayside chair of Research and Development in General Practice and Primary Care in the University of Dundee in 1998. He was Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care from 2007-14. He was the Inaugural Gordon F. Cheesbrough Chair and Director of the University of Toronto Practice Based Research Network from 2014-17. He returned to Scotland in 2017 as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine and Director of Research in the University of St. Andrews Medical School.
His research interests lie mainly in health informatics and community based trials, covering the spectrum from record-linkage of electronic health records to decision support to the evaluation of complex interventions. He has published widely on a number of different types of primary care research notably in the management of long-term conditions such as diabetes and coronary heart disease in the community. He led the Bell’s trial which involved more than half of all general medical practices in Scotland whose main paper in the NEJM won the BMA research paper of the year in 2009. He currently leads the Early Detection of Lung Cancer: Scotland (ECLS) trial, which is the largest lung Cancer biomarker study in Europe. His informatics work has extended to two large European projects as well as a similar program, Diabetes Action Canada which extract and link primary care, administrative and research data. He was a co-author of the BMJ series and book on Health Informatics. He is the first general practitioner to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1908.