Professor Russell Viner CBE

Russell Viner, RCPCH President
Former RCPCH President

Start year of presidency: 2018

End year of presidency: 2021

Russell Viner Professor of Adolescent Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, a paediatrician and adolescent physician working with young people with diabetes at University College Hospital and he directs the Department of Health Obesity Policy Research Unit. 

Russell set up the first Adolescent Medicine service in the UK and went on to become the UK's first Professor of Adolescent Health, helping lead a new focus on adolescent healthcare in the UK and Europe. He has acted as an advisor on adolescent health and obesity for the Departments of Health and for Education in England and for the World Health Organisation and Unicef internationally. 

His research focuses on population health, policy and health services for children and young people, with a particular focus on obesity. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and is currently named on research grants with a collective value of more than £20 million.

Russell Viner has significant ‘hands-on’ experience within the NHS, having been Clinical Director in a busy teaching hospital and clinical director for children and young people for the NHS across London, responsible for leading healthcare strategy for London’s two million children and young people.

Recent content


Message from the President - 25 September 2020

As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, Russell reflects on what we have achieved together so far. Looking at newly released guidance, reports and webinars he also explores the RCPCH conference online and the sizeable collection of resources being made available through this - free to all our membe...