Professor Graham Watt

Emeritus Professor, University of Glasgow, and Founder of the Deep End Project

Professor Graham Watt

Emeritus Professor, University of Glasgow, and Founder of the Deep End Project


Professor Graham Watt, Emeritus Professor (General Practice and Primary Care) at the University of Glasgow, and founder of the Deep End Project

Professor Watt is due to speak at the RCGP Annual Conference in Glasgow on Saturday 6 October 2018, with Deep End GP Fellow Dr Lisa Robins.

He was the Norie Miller Professor of General Practice from 1994-2016 and Head of the Department/Section of General Practice from 1994-2009. He retired in December 2016 but remains active as Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews.

After graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 1976, followed by hospital posts in Shetland, Leicester, Aberdeen and Nottingham, he sought to combine training in epidemiology and general practice, moving to work with Dr Julian Tudor Hart at Glyncorrwg in South Wales, where they carried out a challenging series of community studies on the effect of dietary salt intake on blood pressure.

Moving to the community paediatrics scheme in Edinburgh, he then completed vocational training at Townhead Health Centre in Glasgow. During the next decade, he established the Glasgow WHO MONICA Project Centre, gained accreditation in public health medicine and worked first as a research manager for health services research in the Scottish Chief Scientist Office and then as a senior lecturer in public health at Glasgow University.

From 1994, he was Professor of General Practice at University of Glasgow – combining and requiring experience in medical education, clinical medicine, epidemiology, research management and public health advocacy.

In 2003 he led the process leading to the re-drafting of the medical school Graduation Declaration, the first substantial change to the Declaration in 300 years.

He has a long term research interest in health and disease in families which he began at Glyncorrwg and has pursued via the Ladywell Blood Pressure Study in Edinburgh and the MIDSPAN Family Study in the west of Scotland. He also has interests in inequalities in health and health care and in supporting the next generation of academic general practitioners and primary care researchers.

He coordinated and led the Deep End Project from 2009-2016, based on the 100 most deprived general practice populations in Scotland, and remains an active member of the steering group and advocate for the exceptional potential of general practice, especially in deprived areas.

More on Professor Watt at the University of Glasgow website.