Steffan Griffin (PhD student)

Thesis title: Rugby Union, and Health and Wellbeing


Steffan completed his medical training at the University of Birmingham in 2017, having taken a year to complete an intercalated BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He completed his foundation training at the North West Thames Deanery, working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and St Mary's Hospital. Steffan is currently working in Sport and Exercise Medicine as a Sports Medicine Training Fellow at the Rugby Football Union, and as an editorial fellow for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, whilst he also fulfils a number of clinical roles in professional football and rugby. He will be combining his PhD with GP training and continuing to work in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

The PhD is supervised at the University of Edinburgh by Dr Samanatha Fawkner and Dr Paul Kelly, whilst the PhD steering committee also consists of Dr Andrew Murray, Associate Professor Simon Kemp, Professor Keith Stokes, Dr Nirmala Perera,  and Professor Karim Khan. It is supported by both the Rugby Football Union and the Scottish Rugby Union.


MBChB BSc (Hons)

Research summary

  • Sport, and physical activity
  • Rugby, and health and wellbeing
  • Physical activity
  • Concussion
  • Medical education