Meet your teachers
Our teaching methods are developed using practical evidence of what works best from medical education across the world.
We actively ensure we give our students the best teaching possible to enable them to succeed.
Our teaching is delivered by people who are clinicians and researchers of international renown – you'll be learning from and working alongside some of the leading experts in their fields.
Here are a few of our teaching staff...
Dr Marcus Coffey SFHEA.
Director of Phase 1 of the MBBCh programme, Reader in Pharmacology and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I teach the subject of Pharmacology to our Medical and BSc students.
Although we only ever want drugs to have a therapeutic effect in patients, we also have to recognise that all drugs have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. So the more we understand about the composition of drugs, how they have their effects and how the body responds to the presence of a drug in the system, the safer prescribing medicines becomes.
To more fully understand the actions of drugs in the body, I teach our students everything from cardiac electrophysiology to epigenetics and everything in between.
My teaching uses interactive computer animations to help explain scientific processes, plus I give our students hands-on practical experiences of using drugs in clinical scenarios (they get to experiment on each other!)
Dr Rhian Goodfellow.
Clinical Reader and C21 Director
As an inherently chatty, inquisitive and perhaps some may say nosy individual, medicine was the ideal career choice for me and to date it has surpassed all expectations.
Dr Paul Frost.
Clinical Reader and Director of Clinical Skills and Simulation
As a consultant in intensive care medicine, I look after critically ill and injured patients. It’s a varied and fulfilling job involving the clinical management of every conceivable type of medical emergency.
There is little in medical practice that is more satisfying than rescuing a person from the brink of death and seeing them recover, to return to their homes and families.
Before taking up my current post in Cardiff, I was fortunate enough to have spent 10 years in Australia and New Zealand working in major trauma centres, burns units, paediatric intensive care units and in the aeromedical retrieval of critically ill patients.
I understand only too well how anxious trainee doctors and medical students are about managing these very sick patients, but in Cardiff we pride ourselves on teaching our students how to do this well.
It is my privilege, as director of clinical skills, to lead on this part of the curriculum.
Professor Paul Morgan.
Director of the Systems Immunity Research Institute
I am a Clinical Biochemist with a strong research record in Immunology.
I was formerly Dean and Head of the School from 2008-2013 but made the decision to step back allowing me to spend more time on research and clinical work.
I enjoy teaching, particularly one-to-one and small groups, and relish the challenges of the new curriculum.
I have learned an enormous amount from interacting with students and come to realise that our students are the medical school – our most valuable resource and best source of advice on improving the course and student experience.
Professor Steve Riley MD, FRCP, FAcadMed.
Dean of Medical Education
Sian Williams MSc Med Ed, BSc (Hons) ACHS, PGCE, RN, FAcadMed.
Senior Lecturer and Clinical Procedures Lead
My professional background lies within nursing and palliative care, but I now lead the clinical procedures programme.
Medical students need to learn clinical skills in a safe environment before going into clinical areas to work and practice procedures on patients. My role is to ensure our students learn clinical procedures to a standard that ensures patient safety, but also helps them recognise that good communication skills, empathy and compassion are all part of that learning process.