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
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 & for the 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
Gandy, SJ, Lambert, M, Belch, J, Cavin, I, Crowe, E, Littleford, R, MacFarlane, JA, Matthew, SZ, Martin, P, Nicholas, RS, Struthers, A, Sullivan, F, Waugh, SA, White, RD, Weir-McCall, JR & Houston, JG 2016, '3T MRI investigation of cardiac left ventricular structure and function in a UK population: he Tayside screening for the prevention of cardiac events (TASCFORCE) study' Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, vol 44, no. 5, pp. 1186-1196. DOI: 10.1002/jmri.25267
Terry, AL, Stewart, M, Fortin, M, Wong, ST, Grava-Gubins, I, Ashley, L, Sullivan-Taylor, P, Sullivan, F, Zucker, L & Thind, A 2016, 'Stepping up to the plate: an agenda for research and policy action on electronic medical records in Canadian primary healthcare' Healthcare Policy, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 19-32. DOI: 10.12927/hcpol.2016.24943
Weir-McCall, JR, Fitzgerald, K, Papagiorcopulo, CJ, Gandy, SJ, Lambert, M, Belch, JJF, Cavin, I, Littleford, R, Macfarlane, JA, Matthew, SZ, Nicholas, RS, Struthers, AD, Sullivan, FM, Waugh, SA, White, RD & Houston, JG 2016, 'Prevalence of unrecognized myocardial infarction in a low-intermediate risk asymptomatic cohort and its relation to systemic atherosclerosis' European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging. DOI: 10.1093/ehjci/jew155
Cooper, S-A, Ademola, T, Caslake, M, Douglas, E, Evans, J, Greenlaw, N, Haig, C, Hassiotis, A, Jahoda, A, McConnachie, A, Morrison, J, Ring, H, Starr, J, Stiles, C, Sirisena, C & Sullivan, F 2016, 'Towards onset prevention of cognition decline in adults with Down syndrome (The TOP-COG study): a pilot randomised controlled trial' Trials, vol 17, 370. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1370-9
Madhok, VB, Gagyor, I, Daly, F, Somasundara, D, Sullivan, M, Gammie, F & Sullivan, F 2016, 'Corticosteroids for Bell's palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis)' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 7, CD001942. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001942.pub5
Mole, DJ, Gungabissoon, U, Johnston, P, Cochrane, L, Hopkins, L, Wyper, GMA, Skouras, C, Dibben, C, Sullivan, F, Morris, A, Ward, HJT, Lawton, AM & Donnan, PT 2016, 'Identifying risk factors for progression to critical care admission and death among individuals with acute pancreatitis: a record linkage analysis of Scottish healthcare databases' BMJ Open, vol 6, no. 6, e011474. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011474