Prof Mark W J Strachan

MB ChB (Hons) BSc (Hons)  MD FRCPE

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Consultant Physician

Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh


  • General Endocrinology
  • Thyroid Nodules / Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine tumours
  • Antenatal Diabetes
  • General Diabetes


  • Western General Hospital
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


Mark Strachan is Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Acute Medicine at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and an Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh. He was born in Aberdeen and attended the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with BSc (Hons) in 1990 and MB ChB (Hons) in 1992.  He was awarded an MD by the University of Edinburgh in 2001 for studies on recovery from acute hypoglycaemia in adults with Type 1 diabetes.  He was appointed a consultant physician at the WGH in Edinburgh in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2004. He has a busy clinical practice with a particular interest in endocrine oncology and is a former Associate Medical Director of the Western General Hospital. He was recently appointed to the NCRI Thyroid Cancer Research Committee and is a Clinical Expert Adviser for the Scottish Medicines Consortium on therapies for thyroid cancer.


His major research interest is in cognitive impairment in Type 2 diabetes and he is one of the principal investigators of the Edinburgh Type 2 Diabetes Study. He has published over 100 original articles and book chapters. He gave the R.D. Lawrence lecture at the 2010 Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference and previously was a member of the Diabetes UK Research Committee.  He is editor of the award-winnging book ‘Davidson’s 100 Clinical Cases in Medicine’ and has also co-authored a pocket-book on ‘Insulin’. He was recenly appointed as an editor of the major international medical textbook ‘Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine.’ 


He is Deputy Training Programme Director for Diabetes and Endocrinology in South East Scotland and is an Academy of Medical Royal Colleges External Advisor for the speciality. He is a member of Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN).  He has been a Trustee of the British Thyroid Foundation since 2009 and was appointed Treasurer of the charity in 2014.  He is Co-Founder and Trustee of the Ann Edgar Charitable Trust which provides help and support to patients with neuroendocrine tumours and their carers.

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