David Gradwell

David Gradwell is Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London and President of the International Academy of Aviation & Space Medicine.  He graduated in physiology and medicine in Dundee, Scotland and internal medicine residency there joined the RAF to train as a specialist in aviation medicine. Awarded his PhD from Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and appointed a consultant in the RAF he went on to lead the specialty as Consultant Advisor.  Appointed a Queen’s Honorary Surgeon and Whittingam Professor, he retired from the RAF in 2012 to take up the first full time Chair in Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London and Consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital. He set up the first specialist lead NHS clinic in aviation medicine at St Thomas’ for patients with severe chronic conditions vulnerable to air travel and was instrumental in establishing the civilian speciality of aviation and space medicine.  Now retired from clinical practice he remains the senior editor of the textbook, Ernsting’s Aviation & Space Medicine.