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GMC Chair knighted

20 December 2010

Professor Sir Peter Rubin, Chair of the General Medical Council, has been knighted at Buckingham Palace.

The honour was given in recognition of Professor Sir Peter’s significant contribution to medical regulation, education, research and clinical practice.

As the Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC) from April 2009 and Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) from 2005-2008, Peter has led a number of significant changes to improve the standards of medical regulation and education.

Sir Peter’s varied career has centred around research and clinical practice. He has been involved in extensive research on the safe and effective use of drugs in pregnancy; writing books on clinical pharmacology; and leading the development of the first new Veterinary School in the UK for over half a century, in Nottingham.

At the University of Nottingham, he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for six years and led the development of the University’s graduate-entry medical school. He is Professor of Therapeutics at the university and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Nottingham University Hospitals.

Sir Peter said:

“Receiving a knighthood is a wonderful honour. Over the years it has been tremendous to work with some wonderfully talented people, leading change in a variety of areas, both locally and nationally. But first and foremost I am a doctor and I have had the privilege of touching and changing lives.”