David Obree

Archie Duncan Fellow in Medical Ethics and Fellow in Medical Education

  • Usher Institute
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Contact details



Usher Institute – University of Edinburgh
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

Post code


David is currently the Archie Duncan Fellow in Medical Ethics and Fellow in Medical Education at The Usher Institute, with responsibility for teaching medical ethics to medical and medical science undergraduates as well as public health post-graduates. With degrees in dentistry, drama and medical ethics David has a special interest in how the humanities, especially film, and vinyl records from the 1970s, can help illustrate, and stimulate thought about, the complex moral dilemmas that occur in clinical medicine.


Bachelor of Dental Surgery (University of Bristol)   Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Drama) (University of Bristol)   Master of Science (Medical Ethics and Law) (University of Bristol)   Postgraduate Certificate in General Dental Practice (University of London)   Diploma in General Dental Practice (Royal College of Surgeons, England)   Clinical Educator Programme Level 3 (University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Theme lead Medical Ethics Legal and Professional Responsibilities MBChB

Deputy lead Health, Ethics and Society MBChB Y1 module

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London, visiting lecturer

Institute of Medical Ethics

Conference details


London January 2020 - The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine (Diploma in Philosophy of Medicine) - Narrative, ethics and professionalism (Speaker)


Liverpool March 2018 - The Walton Centre Liverpool MRCS Neurosurgery Teaching Day - Professional ethics (inc GMC guidance on raising concerns in surgery) (Speaker)


Edinburgh April 2017 - Edinburgh University Medical Ethics and Humanities Society - Evolution of Medical Ethics - Impact on Quality and Safety with Steve Bolsin  (Organiser)


London January 2017Public Health Registrar Training Day (London Deanery) – A Pictorial Introduction to Public Health Ethics (Speaker)


Chicago August 2016International Dental Ethics and Law Society Annual Conference – Professional Governance and Regulation (Speaker)


Edinburgh June 2016International Association of Bioethics Annual Conference – Bioethics Teaching and the Narrative Arts (Speaker)







In the press


Glastonbury Festival 2010 - Lost Luggage - Music and dance show (Performer)



Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Health Needs Assessment for England (Contributor/Consultation panel) (2020)


The Ethics of Synthetic Biology in Oxford University Press Primer in Mammalian Synthetic Biology (2019) (Ed. Jamie Davies)


The Special Ethics of Dentistry (with Andrew Trathen) in The Clinical Ethics Handbook (2017) (Ed. Andrew Papanikitas)


ADEE undergraduate learning outcomes in ethics, professionalism, law (2015) (co-author)



Theme lead Medical Ethics Legal and Professional Responsibilities MBChB

Contributor to ethics teaching for Medical Science undergraduates

Contributor to ethics teaching and assessment for Master of Public Health post-graduates