Professor Andrew Goddard

RCP president

Professor Andrew Goddard is the president of the RCP, and a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Royal Derby Hospital.

After gaining an MD from Cambridge University, Professor Goddard trained in Nottingham and was appointed as a consultant physician and gastroenterologist in Derby in 2001. His main clinical and research interests are bowel cancer screening, H. pylori, iron deficiency anaemia and inflammatory bowel disease. He is chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology gastroduodenal section.

He was director of the RCP's Medical Workforce Unit for 5 years until being appointed RCP registrar in 2014. In this role, he oversaw professional and clinical affairs, both in the UK and internationally. His main policy areas were workforce, healthcare funding, the future of general medicine, the medical registrar and ‘keeping medicine brilliant’. In 2018 he was elected the 121st RCP president, the youngest for 400 years and first from the East Midlands. 

His priorities as president are the three Ws: workforce, wellbeing and worldwide. He continues in clinical practice including being on call at weekends, as well as continuing in clinical research.

Professor Goddard is married with two children.