Jonathan Stafford Nguyen Van-Tam
MBE BMedSci BM BS DM FFPH FRSPH
|Born||1964 (age 55–56)|
|Education||Boston Grammar School (1976-1982); University of Nottingham (BMedSci, BM, BS, Medicine 1982-1987); University of Nottingham (DM, Epidemiology 1995-2001)|
|Parents||Paul Nguyen Van-Tam|
|Relatives||Dominic Nguyen Van-Tam (brother), Monica (sister)|
Professor Jonathan Stafford Nguyen Van-Tam (b. 1964) was educated at Boston Grammar School (1976-1982).
Jonathan graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham in 1987. After 5 years of hospital-based clinical medicine, he pursued an academic training in public health and epidemiology and developed an interest in influenza and respiratory viruses, mentored for many years by Prof Karl Nicholson. He became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (and Consultant Regional Epidemiologist, Public Health Laboratory Service) in 1997, before joining the pharmaceutical industry as an Associate Director at SmithKline Beecham in 2000.
In April 2001 he moved to Roche as Head of Medical Affairs, before joining Aventis Pasteur MSD in February 2002 as UK Medical Director.
He returned to the public sector in 2004 at the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, where he was Head of the Pandemic Influenza Office until October 2007. Jonathan has now returned to Nottingham as Professor of Health Protection, maintaining his long-standing special interest in influenza: epidemiology; transmission; vaccinology; antiviral drugs; and pandemic preparedness. Over that time he has published over 100 scientific papers and written several chapters in textbooks. He chaired the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Expert Advisory Group on H5N1 human vaccines, sits on the UK national Scientific Pandemic Influenza Committee (SPI), the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) [during the 2009-10 pandemic]. He is Co-Editor of the highly rated textbook: “Introduction to Pandemic Influenza” which came out in November 2009 and entered into Second Edition in December 2012; and a Senior Editor of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.
His unit is an officially designated WHO Collaborating Centre for pandemic influenza and research and a UK Faculty of Public Health ‘National Treasure’ research training location.
Since 2014 he has been Chair of the UK Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threat Advisory Group (NERVTAG).
Jonathan was awarded an MBE (military section) in the 1998 New Year's Honours as Acting Maj Jonathan Stafford Nguyen-Van-Tam, Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force. It was awarded in recognition of work he did in designing a first aid kit to meet the special requirements of large groups of teenagers on camping expeditions. This sprang from his work with the Lincolnshire Army Cadets since 1988. His ideas were accepted by the Ministry of Defence.
On 2 October 2017 he took up the role of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England . The Deputy Chief Medical Officers are senior public health leaders who support the Chief Medical Officer – the most senior adviser on health and medicine to the UK government. Jonathan said "It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to serve as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. I am looking forward to the work ahead with enormous enthusiasm".