David Haslam is Professor of General Practice at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He is also Chair of NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in the UK, and is also past-President of the British Medical Association, past-President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at de Montfort University, Leicester. He was a General Practitioner in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, for many years and has been chair of the NHS Evidence Advisory Committee, co-chair of the NHS Future Forum Information subgroup, an expert member of the NHS National Quality Board, chair of the NQB Quality Information Committee, and National Clinical Adviser to both the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Commission.He is a Fellow of the Royal College of GPs, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. David was Chairman of Council of the Royal College of GPs from 2001 to 2004, and was also a member of the NHS Modernisation Board, vice chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, a member of the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board, a member of NHS Medical Education England, a member of the Royal College of Physicians Future Hospital Commission, and co-chair of the Modernising Medical Careers Programme Board from 2006-9.He has written 13 books, mainly on health topics for the lay public and translated into 13 languages, and well over fifteen hundred articles for the medical and lay press. In 2014 he was named by Debretts and the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential and inspirational people in the United Kingdom, and he was awarded CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2004 for services to Medicine and Health Care.