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Professor of Psychological Medicine, King's College London

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is a Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley Foundation Mental Health Trust. He is Chair of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London, and was recently elected President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

His academic interests include studying unexplained symptoms and syndromes, and chronic fatigue syndrome in particular. His main research interests also lie in military health, where he set up the first large-scale studies of Gulf War veterans in the UK alongside Tony David, and he is also interested in how people and populations react to adversity.

He is very involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has cycled six times to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.


  • 2010–present
    Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry and South London and Maudsley Foundation