Professor Keith Palmer

Professor Keith Palmer DM, MA, MSc, BM BCh, FFOM, FRCP, MRCGP, DRCOG Honorary Professor of Occupational Medicine/Clinical Scientist/Consultant Occupational Physician (retired)

Professor Keith PalmerKeith Palmer studied at Corpus Christi, University of Oxford and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, 1975-81. Between 1987 and 1990, he was a General Practitioner, University Physician and part-time Occupational Health Physician, based at the University of Southampton and following this, until 1995, was Employment Medical Adviser for the Health and Safety Executive. He worked for and with the MRC in Southampton from 1995 until his retirement in January 2018, holding a research post at consultant grade in occupational and environmental epidemiology and a Chair in Occupational Medicine with the University of Southampton.  Keith Palmer’s research focussed on the causes, clinical management, and prevention of illnesses associated with work. Areas of special interest included the health effects of vibration, work-related disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the role of culture and beliefs in work-attributed illness, and the relation between occupational exposure to metal fume and risk of infective pneumonia.

He was also an advisor to government (as chair of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and a member of Defra’s Advisory Committee on Pesticides), a former editor of the BMJ-group research journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a former Academic Dean at the Faculty of Occupational Medicine London, and editor-in-chief of the flagship OUP book Fitness for Work.