Christopher Butler

Professor of Primary Care, University of Oxford

Chris Butler is Professor of Primary Care in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Professorial Fellow at Trinity College, and is the Clinical Director of the University of Oxford Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit. He is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator , and practices as a salaried GP in Mountain Ash in South Wales for the Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Chris trained in Medicine at the University of Cape Town, did doctoral work at the University of Wales College of Medicine, and studied Clinical Epidemiology at The University of Toronto. He has led or helped lead 15 randomised clinical trials, 13 qualitative studies, 10 prospective cohort studies, 6 systematic reviews and four large data studies. He has helped win >£140M in research and research infrastructure funding, and has >250 publications. He has supervised d 12 out of 12 doctoral students to successful completion and currently has 4 doctoral students.

His main research interests are in common infections (especially the appropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance), and health behaviour change (especially adaptations of motivational interviewing in health care).


  • 2013–2019
    Professor, University of Oxford