UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Prof Terence Stephenson

Prof Terence Stephenson

Nuffield Professor of Child Health

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2009

Research summary

His research has focused on the physiology of early life and acute and chronic paediatric illness. 

Professor Stephenson has published over 275 peer reviewed papers, editorials and chapters. He has given invited talks in over 25 countries in every continent. 


As a researcher he has received over £13 million in funding through 46 different, competitively awarded grants.

Teaching summary

Professor Stephenson has has co-authored seven textbooks. 

Professor Stephenson was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham, where he was responsible for a Faculty with 5000 students. He teaches on MSc courses at UCL and Oxford University and is External Examiner, University of Limerick.


Professor Sir Terence Stephenson is Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the nationally funded Children’s Policy Research Unit. 

He was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Healthcare and Children's Health Services. 

He is Chair of the Health Research Authority for England which approves all research undertaken on patients in England.

Professor Stephenson was Chair of the UK GMC 2015-2018. Before the GMC role, he was Chair of the UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 2012-2014 and President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009-2012. 

He is an Honorary Consultant in paediatrics at UCL Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital London. He has been elected an honorary Fellow of eleven colleges or academies, in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia. He has been awarded Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Nottingham (2015) and Hong Kong (2018).