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
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
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
Francis, NA, Ridd, MJ, Thomas-Jones, E, Butler, CC, Hood, K, Shepherd, V, Marwick, CA, Huang, C, Longo, M, Wootton, M, Sullivan, F & The CREAM Trial Management Group 2017, 'Oral and topical antibiotics for clinically infected eczema in children: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial in ambulatory care' Annals of Family Medicine, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 124-130. DOI: 10.1370/afm.2038
Babl, FE, Mackay, MT, Borland, ML, Herd, DW, Kochar, A, Hort, J, Rao, A, Cheek, JA, Furyk, J, Barrow, L, George, S, Zhang, M, Gardiner, K, Lee, KJ, Davidson, A, Berkowitz, R, Sullivan, F, Porrello, E, Dalziel, KM, Anderson, V, Oakley, E, Hopper, S, Williams, F, Wilson, C, Williams, A, Dalziel, SR & PREDICT (Paediatric Research In Emergency Departments International Collaborative) research network 2017, 'Bell's Palsy in Children (BellPIC): protocol for a multicentre, placebo-controlled randomized trial' BMC Pediatrics, vol. 17, no. 1, 53. DOI: 10.1186/s12887-016-0702-y
McKinstry, B, Sullivan, FM, Vasishta, S, Armstrong, R, Hanley, J, Haughney, J, Philip, S, Smith, BH, Wood, A & Palmer, CNA 2017, 'Cohort profile: the Scottish Research register SHARE. A register of people interested in research participation linked to NHS data sets' BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 2, 013351. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013351
Sullivan, F, Dorward, A, Mair, F, Schembri, S, Vedhara, K, McKendrick, D, Treweek, S, Mccowan, C, Mcconnachie, A, Sproule, M, Briggs, A, RItchie, L, Milroy, R, Taylor, T, Littleford, R & Brewster, D 2017, 'An RCT of the detection of autoantibodies to tumor antigens in lung cancer using the EarlyCDT-Lung test in Scotland (ECLS) in 12 208 study subjects' Journal of Thoracic Oncology, vol. 12, no. 1 Supplement, pp. S1095. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtho.2016.11.1531
Gagyor, I, Madhok, V & Sullivan, F 2016, 'A young woman with acute one-sided facial paralysis' CMAJ, vol. 188, no. 17-18, pp. E531-E532. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.160108
Treweek, S, Francis, JJ, Bonetti, D, Barnett, K, Eccles, MP, Hudson, J, Jones, C, Pitts, NB, Ricketts, IW, Sullivan, F, Weal, M & MacLennan, G 2016, 'A primary care Web-based Intervention Modeling Experiment replicated behavior changes seen in earlier paper-based experiment' Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 80, pp. 116-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.07.008
Weir-McCall, JR, Yeap, PM, Papagiorcopulo, C, Fitzgerald, K, Gandy, SJ, Lambert, M, Belch, JJF, Cavin, I, Littleford, R, Macfarlane, JA, Matthew, SZ, Nicholas, RS, Struthers, AD, Sullivan, F, Waugh, SA, White, RD & Houston, JG 2016, 'Left ventricular noncompaction: anatomical phenotype or distinct cardiomyopathy?' Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 68, no. 20, pp. 2157-2165. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.08.054