Sir Michael David Rawlins
Founding Chairman, National Institute for Health and Clinical
Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,
University of London
President, Royal Society of Medicine,
Sir Michael David Rawlins is considered a pioneer in bringing approaches and practices of scientific and clinical-based evidences to evaluate the efficiency and worthiness of drugs, instruments and medical procedures. He determined guidelines for medical treatment, incorporating the highest benefit and cost efficiency. He established the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 1999 to enforce the aforementioned approaches and practices. The institute is aimed to systematically evaluate both positive and negative effects that occurred in the past, present and future, including effects in health, economic, social and moral dimensions. The guidelines and practices of medicine lead decision-makers to a more equitable use of resources, as well as a more transparent and accountable budget allocation.
Sir Michael David Rawlins’ contribution provides patients with the highest attainable standard of healthcare and cost efficiency throughout the UK. Moreover, the key elements of the NICE have had a significant impact on healthcare policy and have been adopted by various countries, including Thailand, benefiting the healthcare of hundreds of million people across the globe.
Sir Michael David Rawlins obtained his medical degree from St. Thomas’s Hospital, University of London in the United Kingdom.