Global Health Academy

Dr John Gillies

John Gillies is a Senior Adviser for the Global Health Academy.

John Gillies qualified from Edinburgh and having initially worked in Malawi is still involved with education in Africa.

Since 1985, he has been a principal in general practice, for the past 16 years in Selkirk in Scottish Borders until he retired in 2013. He has been a GP trainer and is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University.

He is interested in the core values and roles of general practice at a time of enormous medical, societal and technological change, which includes integration of health and social care. He has published on heart disease rural practice and on medical ethics. His priorities as Chair RCGP Scotland (2010 - 2014) were promoting generalism and leadership in general practice.

He worked as a District Medical Officer in rural Malawi in the 1980s and has been involved in education in both palliative care and in Family Medicine at the College of Medicine in Blantyre since 2005.

For many years he has also been involved in the World Family Doctors Caring for People (WONCA) rural health movement, which is currently under Prof Ian Couper, Witwatersrand, South Africa.

He attended the WONCA Africa Congress in Rustenberg, South Africa in 2009, which finalised a core curriculum for Family Medicine in Africa.

Dr Gillies has also contributed to the Primary Health Care/Family Medicine Education Network (Primafamed).

More information on Dr Gillies is available from the Community Health Sciences website.