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Dr Paul Booton

Dr Paul Booton has been appointed as the Chair of General Practice and Primary Care at St George’s, University of London. Paul is currently the Head of Undergraduate Primary Care Teaching at Imperial College London.

Paul studied as an undergraduate at the London Hospital Medical College. After medical registration he worked as medical officer for the UN High Commission For Refugees amongst the Vietnamese ‘boat people’ in Hong Kong. He continued his training in hospital medicine as a physician, before pursuing a career in general practice. After a year in general practice in rural Suffolk, he returned to London as lecturer at Guy's and St Thomas' Medical School Department of Primary Care.

He moved to King’s College London to set up the first experiments in teaching general medicine in general practice. Subsequently, as undergraduate dean, he led the development of the new medical undergraduate curriculum for the newly formed merged medical school of Guy's, King's and St Thomas'. Paul led the development of the final Student House Officer Year, which was a highly innovative approach to bridging the gap between undergraduate and pre-registration house officer years.

Paul moved to Imperial College London in 2005 to become  Head of Undergraduate Primary Care Teaching   in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, and has been engaged in broadening and deepening primary care's engagement in the undergraduate curriculum. He will commence his appointment at St George’s in October. On behalf of his colleagues in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health, I'd like to congratulate Paul on his new appointment. We look forward to working with him in the future on pan-London academic primary care initiatives. 

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