Professor Sir Simon Wessely, MA BM BCh MSc MD FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci FKC


Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London.  He is the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists


Simon Wessely is best known for his work on unexplained symptoms, syndromes, and military health. He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research in 2003. It is flagship project, a large-scale ongoing study of the health and wellbeing of the UK Armed Forces, and has had a direct impact on public policy, on forms of treatment and help for Service personnel.

Professor Wessely has been a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital since 1991. He became Director of the Chronic Fatigue Research Unit at King’s in 1994 and of the Gulf War Illness Research Unit in 1996. He is Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army.