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


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
25 (of 71 published available) for fms20 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Agreement between primary care and hospital diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder Braden O’Neill, Sumeet Kalia, Babak Aliarzadeh, Rahim Moineddin, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Frank Sullivan, Asmaa Maloul, Steven Bernard, Michelle Greiver
PLoS ONE 2019 vol.14 
Effects of fluoxetine on functional outcomes after acute stroke (FOCUS) Frank Sullivan
Lancet 2019 vol.393 pp.265-274
Factors associated with recruitment to randomised controlled trials in general practice Keith Rafie Moffat, Paul Cannon, Frank Sullivan
Trials 2019 vol.20 
Participatory governance over research in an academic research network Donald J Willison, Joslyn Trowbridge, Michelle Greiver, Karim Keshavjee, Doug Mumford, Frank Sullivan
BMJ Open 2019 vol.9 
Podiatry interventions to prevent falls in older people Gavin Wylie, Claire Torrens, Pauline Campbell, Helen Frost, Adam Lee Gordon, Hylton B. Menz, Dawn A. Skelton, Frank Sullivan, Miles D. Witham, Jacqui Morris
Age and Ageing 2019 vol.48 pp.327–336
The impact of treatment adherence for patients with diabetes and hypertension on cardiovascular disease risk Min Su, Victoria Haldane, Ross Upshur, Frank Sullivan, France L.A. Garda, Michelle Greiver, Xiaolin Wei
JMIR Research Protocols 2019 vol.8 
Trends in end digit preference for blood pressure and associations with cardiovascular outcomes in Canadian and UK primary care Michelle Greiver, Sumeet Kalia, Teja Voruganti, Babak Aliarzadeh, Rahim Moineddin, William Hinton, Martin Dawes, Frank Sullivan, Saddaf Syed, John Williams, Simon De Lusignan
BMJ Open 2019 vol.9 
Agreement between hospital and primary care on diagnostic labeling for COPD and heart failure in Toronto, Canada Michelle Griever, Frank Sullivan, Sumeet Kalia, Babak Aliarzadeh, Deepak Sharma, Steven Bernard, Christopher Meaney, Rahim Moineddin, David Eisen, Navid Rahman, Tony D'Urzo
npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 2018 vol.28 
Determinants of motivation to quit in smokers screened for the early detection of lung cancer Ben Young, Kavita Vedhara, Denise Kendrick, Roberta Littleford, John F. R. Robertson, Frank Sullivan, Stuart Schembri, Roshan das Nair,
BMC Public Health 2018 vol.18 
Development and validation of a path length calculation for carotid–femoral pulse wave velocity measurement. A TASCFORCE, SUMMIT, and Caerphilly collaborative venture Jonathan R. Weir-McCall, Liam Brown, Jennifer Summersgill, Piotr Talarczyk, Michael Bonnici-Mallia, Sook C. Chin, Faisel Khan, Allan David Struthers, Frank Sullivan, Helen M. Colhoun, Angela C. Shore, Kunihiko Aizawa, Leif Groop, Jan Nilsson, John R. Cockcroft, Carmel M. McEniery, Ian B. Wilkinson, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, J. Graeme Houston
Hypertension  vol.71 
Finding and using routine clinical datasets for observational research and quality improvement Lucy M. McDonnell, Brendan Delaney, Frank Sullivan, Gordon F. Cheesbrough
British Journal of General Practice 2018 vol.68 pp.147-148
Identifying top 10 primary care research priorities from international stakeholders using a modified Delphi method Braden O’Neill, Vanessa Aversa, Katherine Rouleau, Kim Lazare, Frank Sullivan, Nav Persaud
PLoS ONE 2018 vol.13 
Impact of the Diabetes Canada Guideline Dissemination Strategy on the prescription of vascular protective medications Alanna V Rigobon, Sumeet Kalia, Jennica Nichols, Babak Aliarzadeh, Michelle Greiver, Rahim Moineddin, Frank Sullivan, Catherine Yu
Diabetes Care  vol.Early 
Increasing physical activity levels Gozde Ozakinci, Sharon Ann Carstairs, Rayna Hilary Rogowsky, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Louise Margaret Wilkie, Jo Stevens, Malcolm McTavish, Ian Shield, Frank Sullivan
 2018 
Lung cancer CT screening Marcia E Clark, Laura E Bedford, Ben Young, John FR Robertson, Roshan das Nair, Kavita Vedhara, Roberta Littleford, Frank Sullivan, Frances S Mair, Stuart Schembri, Petra Rauchhaus, Denise Kendrick
Lung Cancer  vol.In press 
Lung cancer screening Marcia E. Clark, Ben Young, Laura E. Bedford, Roshan das Nair, John F. R. Robertson, Kavita Vedhara, Frank Sullivan, Frances S. Mair, Stuart Schembri, Roberta C. Littleford, Denise Kendrick
Journal of Public Health  vol.Advance Articles 
Primary care providers’ views on a future lung cancer screening program Mary Ann O'Brien, Frank Sullivan, Diego Llovet, Lawrence Paszat
Family Practice: the International Journal for Research in Primary Care  vol.Advance articles 
Principles and operational model for governing Diabetes Action Canada’s data repository for patient-oriented research Donald Willison, Joslyn Trowbridge, Frank Sullivan, Karim Keshavjee, Michelle Greiver
 2018 vol.3 
Serum and blood based biomarkers for lung cancer screening Gavin C.W. Chu, Kim Lazare, Frank Sullivan
BMC Cancer 2018 vol.18 
Strategies to improve recruitment to randomised trials Shaun Treweek, Marie Pitkethly, Jonathan Cook, Cynthia Fraser, Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Sullivan, Catherine Jackson, Tyna Taskila, Heidi Gardner
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018 
Systemic arteriosclerosis is associated with left ventricular remodeling but not atherosclerosis Jonathan R. Weir-McCall, Matthew Lambert, Stephen J. Gandy, Jill J. F. Belch, Ian Cavin, Shelley A. Henderson, Roberta Littleford, Jennifer A. Macfarlane, Shona Z. Matthew, R. Stephen Nicholas, Allan David Struthers, Frank Sullivan, Richard D. White, J. Graeme Houston
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2018 vol.20 
The effect of optimised patient information materials on recruitment in a lung cancer screening trial Adwoa Parker, Peter Knapp, Shaun Treweek, Vichithranie Madhurasinghe, Roberta Littleford, Stephanie Gallant, Frank Sullivan, Stuart Schembri, Jo Rick, Jonathan Graffy, David J. Collier, Sandra Eldridge, Anne Kennedy, Peter Bower
Trials 2018 vol.19 
Trial Forge Guidance 1 Shaun Treweek, Simon Bevan, Peter Bower, Marion Campbell, Jacquie Christie, Mike Clarke, Clive Collett, Seonaidh Cotton, Declan Devane, Adel El Feky, Ella Flemyng, Sandra Galvin, Heidi Gardner, Katie Gillies, Jan Jansen, Roberta Littleford, Adwoa Parker, Craig Ramsay, Lynne Restrup, Frank Sullivan, David Torgerson, Liz Tremain, Matthew Westmore, Paula R Williamson
Trials 2018 vol.19 
Would you like to add a weight after this blood pressure, doctor? Discovery of potentially actionable associations between the provision of multiple screens in primary care Sumeet Kalia, Michelle Greiver, Xu Zhao, Christopher Meaney, Rahim Moineddin, Babak Aliarzadeh, Eva Grunfeld, Frank Sullivan
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2018 vol.24 pp.423-430