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Dr Keith Barnard

Dr Keith Barnard is a former hospital doctor, General Practitioner and an award-winning medical journalist.

After gaining his medical degree at Westminster Hospital, London he worked as a physician in hospital medicine for 6 years, much of it in the Far East, where he was able to gain experience in tropical medicine and aeromedical evacuation.

Barnard became a partner in a large GP practice in Hampshire. During the next 27 years as a GP, he served on a number of committees serving patients and fellow practitioners, and was involved in IT development for practices in his area. He also expanded his interest in writing for the medical press. In 2000 he became involved in a national weekly publication for doctors distributed to all GPs in the UK, and in 2002 became its Medical Editor. Whilst at Haymarket Medical Publishing, Barnard wrote an A-Z of about 1000 medical websites, and wrote a weekly column, Medicine on the Web, that critically assessed the value and accuracy of medical websites aimed at fellow professionals and members of the public. He also was the author of many other clinical articles.

In 2006, Barnard began working for scientific publishers Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins on the American Heart Association’s prestigious cardiology journal Circulation, where as managing editor he was responsible for the introduction and development of a new section of the journal, European Perspectives in Cardiology. The success of this venture was recognised by the UK Medical Journalists Association in 2007, when he was voted Health Editor of the Year. He retired from this post in 2008. Barnard still writes clinical and educational articles for the UK medical press, but is currently devoting much of his time to helping ensure that Boots WebMD is the premier source of patient information available in the UK.

Barnard is registered with the GMC, and is a member of the Society of Medical Writers, the Association of Broadcasting Doctors, the Medical Journalists Association, and the Society of Authors.