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Helen McDonald


Honorary Research Fellow

Theme 1 - Electronic Health Record Research

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Helen McDonald is a clinical epidemiologist in her final year of training in public health medicine. Her research interests are in developing the use of real-world data to inform public health delivery and policy.

She first joined the NHS as a nursing auxiliary, then studied medicine at St John's College, Cambridge (intercalating in Philosophy) and Green College, Oxford. She was a clinical advisor to the Chief Medical Officer and for WHO Patient Safety, then worked as a junior doctor in London before training in public health. As a public health registrar she has worked in a variety of organisations including the Department of Health (health inequalities), Local Authorities and NHS England (London), and currently undertakes on call duties for the North West London Health Protection Team.

At LSHTM, following an MSc in Epidemiology with distinction, she completed a PhD in the epidemiology of infections among older people with diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease using linked electronic health records.