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Professor Alastair Buchan is the Head of the Medical Science Division and the Dean of the Medical School at the University of Oxford.

A Neurologist and Neuroscientist in Stroke Medicine since 1986, he is currently  Professor of Stroke Medicine in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine of the John Radcliffe Hospital where he is an Honorary Consultant Neurologist.  He is a Professorial Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

He was educated at Repton School and graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and from the Medical School at Oxford and Harvard.  He undertook clinical medical training at Oxford and Neurology Specialist training in Oxford, London, Ontario, and Cornell Medical College in New York.  Since completing his training, he has worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Associate Professor at Ottawa, and full Professor in Calgary. He has been a Consultant Neurologist at University Hospital in London, the Civic Hospital in Ottawa, and the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.  For ten years, he led the Calgary Stroke Programme, led ASPECTS, CASES and FASTER and was on the Boards of the Canadian Stroke Network and Consortium before returning to Oxford.

In Oxford since 2005, he has established an Acute Stroke Programme and has been the Translational Research Director for the UK Stroke Research Network.  He has led the Oxford Clinical Research Facility, the new Acute Vascular Imaging Centre of which he is the Director, and was the founding Director of the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He became Head of the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford on October 1st. 2008.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), a Senior Investigator of the NIHR and holds a DSc from the University of Oxford.

He serves as a member of Council of the University of Oxford. In addition he is currently a Governor of Repton School, a Non-Executive Director of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Governing Body Fellow at Corpus Christi College Oxford, and is a Trustee of the Jenner Institute, a Nuffield Medical Trustee, and sits on the board of the Charité Hospital Stroke Programme in Berlin.  He is the Senior Member of the Osler House Club in Oxford and a Member of the Athenaeum Club in London.

He was awarded an honorary degree of Laws (LLD) from the University of Calgary in May 2009. 

Professor Buchan

Professor Buchan