Dr John Holden


Chief medical officer

John is the MDDUS’ Chief Medical Officer. He has a particular focus on external matters and liaison with key stakeholders including the GMC, and BMA. John joined MDDUS in 2010, as an experienced medical adviser. He graduated from King’s College London in 1984 and spent a year in the Western Isles as a GP trainee before joining a semi-rural practice in East Sussex in 1991, where he was a GP principal, and latterly the senior partner, for 13 years. John developed an interest in medico-legal matters whilst still a GP, graduating from the University of Glasgow with the degree of MPhil in Medical Law in 2003. He left his practice in 2004 to work as a full-time medical adviser. John was previously a Deputy Chief Examiner of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and was a Vice-President of the Faculty from 2016 to 2019. He was a member of the UK National Screening Committee from 2015 until 2021. He was Head of the Medical Division at MDDUS until February 2021 when he became Chief Medical Officer.

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