Prof Frank Sullivan

Prof Frank Sullivan
Professor of Primary Care Medicine



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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Frank Sullivan has been an academic GP since 1984.  He was appointed as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews in 2017 where he also leads the Division of Population and Behavioural Science.  His research interests lie mainly in health informatics and community based trials, covering the spectrum from record-linkage of electronic health records to decision support to the evaluation of complex interventions.  Professor Sullivan has published 234 papers on primary care research, notably in the early detection of cancer and the management of diabetes and Bell’s palsy.  He won the British Medical Association Research paper of the year in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 – the first family physician since 1908. His clinical practice is currently in Glenrothes.

From March 1998 until February 2014 he was the NHS Tayside professor of R&D in General Practice and Primary Care.  In the seven years before moving to Toronto he was the clinical director of the Scottish School of Primary Care.  From 2014-17 he was the inaugural Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair at North York General Hospital and director of the University of Toronto’s Practice Based Research Network: UTOPIAN.  He is an honorary professor in the University of Dundee, the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist in the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Ontario


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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Ozakinci, G, Carstairs, SA, Rogowsky, RH, Cunningham, KB, Wilkie, LM, Stevens, J, MacTavish, M, Shield, I & Sullivan, F 2018, 'Increasing physical activity levels: Designing a referral pathway to a community- and volunteer-based physical activity programme' Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC), Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 7/11/18 - 7/11/18, .
Clark, ME, Young, B, Bedford, LE, das Nair, R, Robertson, JFR, Vedhara, K, Sullivan, F, Mair, FS, Schembri, S, Littleford, RC & Kendrick, D 2018, 'Lung cancer screening: does pulmonary nodule detection affect a range of smoking behaviours?' Journal of Public Health, vol. Advance Articles. DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy158
Parker, A, Knapp, P, Treweek, S, Madhurasinghe, V, Littleford, R, Gallant, S, Sullivan, F, Schembri, S, Rick, J, Graffy, J, Collier, DJ, Eldridge, S, Kennedy, A & Bower, P 2018, 'The effect of optimised patient information materials on recruitment in a lung cancer screening trial: an embedded randomised recruitment trial' Trials, vol. 19. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2896-9
Willison, D, Trowbridge, J, Sullivan, F, Keshavjee, K & Greiver, M 2018, Principles and operational model for governing Diabetes Action Canada’s data repository for patient-oriented research. in International Journal of Population Data Science. vol. 3, 594, Swansea University, International Population Data Linkage Conference (IPDLN 2018), Banff, Canada, 12/09/18. DOI: 10.23889/ijpds.v3i4.594
Clark, ME, Bedford, LE, Young, B, Robertson, JFR, Nair, RD, Vedhara, K, Littleford, R, Sullivan, FM, Mair, FS, Schembri, S, Rauchhaus, P & Kendrick, D 2018, 'Lung cancer CT screening: psychological responses in the presence and absence of pulmonary nodules' Lung Cancer, vol. In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2018.08.001
Weir-McCall, JR, Brown, L, Summersgill, J, Talarczyk, P, Bonnici-Mallia, M, Chin, SC, Khan, F, Struthers, AD, Sullivan, F, Colhoun, HM, Shore, AC, Aizawa, K, Groop, L, Nilsson, J, Cockcroft, JR, McEniery, CM, Wilkinson, IB, Ben-Shlomo, Y & Houston, JG 2018, 'Development and validation of a path length calculation for carotid–femoral pulse wave velocity measurement. A TASCFORCE, SUMMIT, and Caerphilly collaborative venture' Hypertension, vol. 71. DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.117.10620
Treweek, S, Bevan, S, Bower, P, Campbell, M, Christie, J, Clarke, M, Collett, C, Cotton, S, Devane, D, El Feky, A, Flemyng, E, Galvin, S, Gardner, H, Gillies, K, Jansen, J, Littleford, R, Parker, A, Ramsay, C, Restrup, L, Sullivan, F, Torgerson, D, Tremain, L, Westmore, M & Williamson, PR 2018, 'Trial Forge Guidance 1: what is a Study Within A Trial (SWAT)?' Trials, vol. 19, 139. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2535-5
Treweek, S, Pitkethly, M, Cook, J, Fraser, C, Mitchell, E, Sullivan, F, Jackson, C, Taskila, T & Gardner, H 2018, 'Strategies to improve recruitment to randomised trials' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.MR000013.pub6
Weir-McCall, JR, Lambert, M, Gandy, SJ, Belch, JJF, Cavin, I, Henderson, SA, Littleford, R, Macfarlane, JA, Matthew, SZ, Nicholas, RS, Struthers, AD, Sullivan, F, White, RD & Houston, JG 2018, 'Systemic arteriosclerosis is associated with left ventricular remodeling but not atherosclerosis: a TASCFORCE study' Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, vol. 20, 7. DOI: 10.1186/s12968-018-0428-0
Sullivan, F 2017, 'Impact of the Diabetes Canada guidelines dissemination Strategy on the prescription of vascular protective medications in Canada' Diabetes Canada. Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference and Annual Meetings , Edmonton, Canada, 1/11/17 - 4/11/17, .
Loudon, K, Zwarenstein, M, Sullivan, FM, Donnan, PT, Gágyor, I, Hobbelen, HJSM, Althabe, F, Krishnan, JA & Treweek, S 2017, 'The PRECIS-2 tool has good interrater reliability and modest discriminant validity' Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 88, pp. 113-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.06.001
Persaud, N, Lee, T, Ahmad, H, Li, W, Taglione, MS, Rajakulasingam, Y, Umali, N, Boozary, A, Glazier, RH, Gomes, T, Hwang, SW, Jüni, P, Law, M, Mamdani, MM, Manns, B, Martin, D, Morgan, S, Oh, P, Pinto, AD, Shah, BR, Sullivan, FM, Thorpe, KE, Tu, K & Laupacis, A 2017, 'Protocol for a randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of providing essential medicines at no charge: the Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No Charge Medicines (CLEAN Meds) trial' BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 5, e015686. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015686
Weir-McCall, J, Lambert, M, Belch, J, Cavin, I, Gandy, S, Littleford, R, Macfarlane, J, Matthew, S, Nicholas, RS, Struthers, AD, Sullivan, F, Henderson, S, White, R & Houston, JG 2017, 'No association between systemic arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis on cardiac MRI and whole body MR angiography: the TASCFORCE study' Heart, vol. 103, no. Suppl 4, 15, pp. A5-A6. DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-311677.15
Zhou, S-M, Fernandez-Gutierrez, F, Kennedy, J, Cooksey, R, Atkinson, M, Denaxas, S, Siebert, S, Dixon, WG, O'Neill, TW, Choy, E, Sudlow, C, UK Biobank Follow-up and Outcomes Group, Brophy, S & Sullivan, F 2017, 'Defining disease phenotypes in primary care Electronic Health Records by a machine learning approach: a case study in identifying rheumatoid arthritis' PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 5, e0154515. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154515
Sullivan, FM, Farmer, E, Mair, FS, Treweek, S, Kendrick, D, Jackson, C, Robertson, C, Briggs, A, McCowan, C, Bedford, L, Young, B, Vedhara, K, Gallant, S, Littleford, R, Robertson, J, Sewell, H, Dorward, A, Sarvesvaran, J & Schembri, S 2017, 'Detection in blood of autoantibodies to tumour antigens as a case-finding method in lung cancer using the EarlyCDT®-Lung Test (ECLS): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial' BMC Cancer, vol. 17, no. 1, 187. DOI: 10.1186/s12885-017-3175-y