David Crossman is a cardiologist, clinician scientist. His first academic appointment was Professor of Clinical Cardiology at the University of Sheffield in 1994. He has research interests in the inflammatory basis of coronary artery disease, vascular biology and clinical trials in cardiology. He has wide experience in research management and working with Government on policy and research funding. He has been a Dean of Medical Schools both in Scotland and England for nine years and has extensive experience of medical research and education. He is currently Chief Scientist, Health at Scottish Government.