NHS appoints Wolfson alumnus Timothy Ferris as new Transformation Director

Published on
Thursday 15 April 2021

Leading doctor and Wolfson alumnus Dr Timothy Ferris begins his new role as Director of Transformation, bringing with him extensive experience in healthcare improvements. 

Dr Ferris served as a non-executive director of NHS Improvement for almost three years. Currently Chief Executive of the not-for-profit Massachusetts General Physicians Organisation, he is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is internationally renowned for pioneering work on improving health and care in both hospital and community settings. 

In his new role, Ferris will lead the new Transformation Directorate, bringing together the NHS’s operational improvement team and digital arm (NHSX) to maintain the pace of innovation seen during the pandemic. 

Dr Ferris said, “The NHS and its staff have responded magnificently to the Covid-19 pandemic and I’m proud and excited to take up this role as the health service integrates convenient yet cutting-edge technology into patient care. The successful NHS vaccine programme and development of new therapies for Covid-19 has shown that the NHS can be hugely agile and innovative. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring that the NHS continues to stay at the forefront of developing and adopting new technologies and treatments to improve health and treatment.” 

Ferris read for an MPhil in Social Anthropology (1988) at Wolfson, and studied with Godfrey Lienhardt at Wolfson and Rodney Needham at All Souls College.