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Meet The Clinical Team

Prof Mahmood Adil

Medical Director – Health Protection Scotland and Information Services Division

Mahmood Adil Professor Adil has 25 years of clinical, public health and management experience and has delivered on senior leadership positions in the NHS and USA. Prior to joining NSS, he held the post of National Quality and Efficiency Advisor at the Department of Health, England. He has served as Medical Director of the Care Quality Commission Establishment Team, Head of Health Protection in North West England and also done teaching and research at the Yale School of Public Health (USA).

He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Directors and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA). He has postgraduate qualifications in medicine, paediatrics, public health, economics, management and health informatics.

Dr Syed Ahmed

Clinical Director in Health Protection

Syed AhmedResponsible for clinical leadership and oversight of health protection work.

A graduate of the University of Dundee worked in hospital medicine before training and becoming a consultant in public health medicine working in Lanarkshire and later Glasgow, where his principal duties related to infectious diseases and immunisation issues. He was the Clinical Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Protection Unit until October 2013 when he joined Health Protection Scotland.

  • Chairing the coordination group in delivering the new immunisation programme
  • Coordinating  the HPS response to Ebola
  • Leading the implementation of  the Scottish Health Protection Network

Dr Eleanor Anderson

Consultant Epidemiologist in Public Health Medicine

Eleanor AndersonFormerly a General Practitioner, Dr. Anderson took up the post of consultant epidemiologist in HPS in 2014 after working as a Consultant Public Health Medicine (CPHM) in  a number of NHS Boards in Scotland.

She is the lead for the control of antimicrobial resistance team (CARS) focussing on the factors underlying the development of antimicrobial resistance, and what can be done to limit its development.

She also works on the prevention and control of legionella including legionella longbeachae and  a number of corporate initiatives.

Professor David Goldberg

Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist

David GoldbergResponsible for the HPS group dealing with Blood Borne Viruses, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Respiratory Infections, and Lead on Hepatitis (B and C) and HIV/STI programmes of work.

Professor Goldberg is a former Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow. He was Deputy Director of Health Protection Scotland and former Acting Director of the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health. He serves on several UK and Scottish Committees and is involved in the postgraduate supervision and teaching of students affiliated to the University of Glasgow. He is Professor of Public Health at Glasgow Caledonian University and an Honorary Professor of Public Health at the University of Glasgow.

Significant work includes:
  • Leading the team that secured a £43 million investment for Scotland’s Hepatitis C Action plan
  • Chairing the National Monitoring and Assurance Group and the Hepatitis C Treatment and Therapies Group for Scotland’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework
  • Responsible for  the team that provides HPS clinical leadership and intelligence for the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework

Dr Gill Hawkins

Consultant in Health Protection

Responsible for the HPS group working on gastro-intestinal and zoonotic disease (GIZ).

Dr Hawkins joined HPS as a Consultant in Health Protection in April 2015, having previously worked in health protection in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Her role in the GIZ team includes working with partners to:

  • Undertake and develop surveillance of gastrointestinal and zoonotic infections to help inform prevention and control measures, guidance and policy; current areas of work include hepatitis E, campylobacter and verotoxigenic E coli (VTEC)
  • Implement the E coli O157 / VTEC Action Plan published by Scottish Government in 2013
  • Establish the multi-disciplinary Gastrointestinal Infections and Zoonoses Group of the Scottish Health Protection Network

Dr Jim McMenamin

Consultant Epidemiologist in Public Health Medicine

Jim McMenaminDr McMenamin currently co-chairs the Scottish Health Protection Network Respiratory Infection Group and Scottish Immunisation Programme Epidemiology and Surveillance group. He works with EU partners in the IMOVE & IMOVE+ projects and chairs the IMOVE+ Steering Committee. He has a keen interest in data linkage and works with a consortium of Scottish University and NHS Scotland colleagues on assessment of the impact of the seasonal influenza vaccination programme.

Significant work includes:
  • External advisor to the ECDC for the risk assessment of the 2011/12 - 2014/15 influenza seasons
  • Delivering the seasonal flu immunisation programme
  • Responsible for syndromic surveillance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Dr Colin N Ramsay

Consultant Epidemiologist

Responsible for Environmental Public Health

After general medical training, Colin completed training in Public Health and then specialised within Public Health in Health Protection with a particular interest in the environment. He has been working with HPS (and its immediate predecessor organisation, the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health), as a Consultant Epidemiologist for Environmental Public Health since 1999.

Significant work includes: