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Prof Jonathan Shepherd 

Jonathan Shepherd is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Vice Dean at Cardiff University. On completion of his clinical training at King’s College Hospital he graduated from the University of London in 1973. After House and Senior House Officer appointments at Kings, the Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead and the Eastman Dental Hospital in London he was appointed Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Oxford where he held a Research Fellowship in the Nuffield Department of Surgery. His research for his Oxford MSc established that lack of scarring following low temperature injury reflects preservation of the extracellular matrix and that healing by primary and secondary intention represents a continuum rather than distinctly different processes. He completed his specialist surgical training in Leeds University Hospitals during which a UK Government Overseas Development surgical appointment took him to the Ahmado Bello University Hospital in Nigeria where he investigated the association of Epstein Barr virus with ameloblastoma. These findings were published in the journal Cancer.

Observations that the miners strikes in the Yorkshire Coalfield in the 1980s were associated with increased community violence prompted his PhD, "Assault: characteristics of injured and injuries", after his appointment as Senior Lecturer/Consultant at the University of Bristol. This interdisciplinary research, spanning the social and medical sciences, provided many new insights – particularly the great extent to which assault resulting in NHS treatment is not reported to the police and the substantial mental health impact on victims in terms of posttraumatic disorder and other conditions. These discoveries were published in medical and social science journals and he summarised implications for clinical services and violence prevention in a series of 10 BMJ and Lancet editorials, which have informed his implementation and research work since then.

Professor Shepherd is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College Surgeons of England, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the Faculty of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002 and currently serves on the Academy Council. Recent awards include the 2008 Stockholm Criminology Prize (The "Criminology Nobel") and a 2010 Queen's Prize in Higher Education. He was appointed CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours for services to the justice system.

He lives with his family in leafy north Cardiff, where, with others interested in the Industrial Revolution in Wales, he built a working blast furnace.

Current Appointments

Director of the Cardiff University Violence Research Group

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Vice Dean for Innovation and Engagement

Honorary Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Cardiff Health Board

Current committee/task group roles:

  • Home Office Science Advisory Council
  • Academy of Medical Sciences Council
  • College of Policing Programme Board, Home Office
  • Government and Partners Alcohol Working Group
  • Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network, Department of Health
  • Information Sharing Implementation Group, Department of Health
  • Domestic Violence (Wales) Bill Task and Finish Group, Welsh Government
  • Commission on a Royal College of Teaching, Prince's Teaching Institute
  • Wales Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards
  • Royal College of Surgeons Honours Committee

Jonathan Shepherd has either authored or co-authored over 150 articles in refereed scientific journals.