Michael McBride (doctor)

Michael McBride
Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
September 2006
Preceded byHenrietta Campbell
Personal details
Alma materThe Queen's University of Belfast (MB BCh BAO)

Sir Michael Oliver McBride is a consultant physician who has served as the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland since September 2006.[1]

McBride attended St. Malachy's College in North Belfast.[2] He then attended The Queen's University of Belfast, where he graduated with a MB BCh BAO medical degree, with distinction in Medicine and Surgery, in 1986. In 1991, McBride attained a Research Fellowship at St Mary's Hospital Medical School and Imperial College London, where he conducted research into new drug treatments for HIV. From 1994 to 2006 he worked as an HIV Consultant within the Genitourinary Medicine service at the Royal Group Hospitals Trust. He was appointed Medical Director of the Royal Group of Hospitals in August 2002. In September 2006, the Department of Health appointed him as Northern Ireland's Chief Medical officer.[3][4] In November 2014, at the request of the then Health Minister, he was appointed as Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, serving until February 2017 while continuing in his role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO).[5]

One of the many issues he has had to deal with during his time as Chief Medical Officer is the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

McBride was knighted in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to public health in Northern Ireland.[7] He was awarded a Professorship in Public Health Practice from Queen's University Belfast in 2021 for services to Public Health.


  1. ^ "DoH Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health". health-ni.gov.uk. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  2. ^ St. Malachy's College: Senior Prizegiving 2017 (posted on 20 December 2017). https://www.stmalachyscollege.com/post/2017/12/20/senior-prizegiving-2017
  3. ^ "DoH Chief Medical Officer | Department of Health". Health. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  4. ^ Lundy, Claire T (18 January 2007). "The new Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland". The Ulster Medical Journal. 76 (1): 45. PMC 1940300. PMID 17288308.
  5. ^ "McBride new head of Belfast Trust". BBC News. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2020 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Dr Michael McBride Q&A: Avoid crowds, follow advice and don't forget the death toll". Belfasttelegraph. Retrieved 18 September 2020 – via www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.
  7. ^ "No. 63377". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2021. p. B2.

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