Professor Craig Ramsay

Professor Craig Ramsay
Professor Craig Ramsay
Professor Craig Ramsay

Director of Health Services Research Unit

Accepting PhDs


Health Services Research Unit (HSRU)
3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building,
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD


I am Director of the Health Services Research Unit and Professor of Health Care Evaluation. I also direct the Aberdeen Health Technology Assessment Group, which is the only academic centre in Scotland responsible for providing technology assessment reports for the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

I have wide ranging research interests in health services research with expertise in service improvement research, surgical trial evaluation, and quasi-experimental study designs and as statistical editor for the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care group I have led the worldwide development of systematic review methodology for interrupted time series designs. I serve on several national and international committees and was an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.



  • BSc Mathematics and statistics 
    1993 - University of Edinburgh 
  • PGDip Information Systems 
    1994 - Edinburgh Napier University 
  • PhD Public Health 
    2000 - University of Aberdeen 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Nutrition and Health, Dentistry.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Nutrition and Health

Accepting PhDs


Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Healthcare Science
  • Medical Statistics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


My current supervision areas are: Nutrition and Health, Dentistry.

I provide PhD supervisory support for full or part-time PhD students. Some recent examples include: 

Funding and Grants

In terms of research grant awards, I have personally been involved as chief investigator or principal applicant on a portfolio of national and international studies generating in excess of £30 million, with £20 million in the last 5 years. The projects include a mix of large scale international trials and methodological studies funded from a variety of sources – all the studies are healthcare policy relevant and of national or international significance.


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  • Using re-randomisation designs to increase the efficiency and applicability of retention studies within trials: a case study

    Goulao, B., Duncan, A., Innes, K., Ramsay, C. R., Kahan, B. C.
    Trials, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 299
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus conservative management for adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones: the C-GALL RCT

    Innes, K., Ahmed, I., Hudson, J., Hernández, R. A., Gillies, K., Bruce, R., Bell, V., Avenell, A., Blazeby, J. M., Brazzelli, M., Cotton, S., Croal, B., Forrest, M., MacLennan, G., Murchie, P., Wileman, S., Ramsay, C.
    Health and Social Care Delivery Research
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Identification of outcomes reported for hospital antimicrobial stewardship interventions using a systematic review of reviews.

    Yousuf, S., Rzewuska, M., Duncan, E., Ramsay, C.
    JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance, vol. 5, no. 1, dlac127
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Correction to: Pulpotomy for the Management of Irreversible Pulpitis in Mature Teeth (PIP): a feasibility study (Pilot and Feasibility Studies, (2022), 8, 1, (77), 10.1186/s40814-022-01029-9)

    Clarkson, J. E., Ramsay, C. R., Mannocci, F., Jarad, F., Albadri, S., Ricketts, D., Tait, C., Banerjee, A., Deery, C., Boyers, D., Marshman, Z., Goulao, B., Hamilton, A. R., Banister, K., Bell, R., Brown, L., Conway, D. I., Donaldson, P., Duncan, A., Dunn, K., Fee, P., Forrest, M., Glenny, A. M., Gouick, J., Gupta, E., Jacobsen, E., Kettle, J., MacLennan, G., Macpherson, L., McGuff, T., Mitchell, F., van der Pol, M., Moazzez, R., Roberston, D., Wojewodka, G., Young, L., Lamont, T.
    Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 8, 82
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • Early detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration: an economic evaluation based on data from the EDNA study

    Hernández, R., Banister, K., Goulao, B., Cook, J., Sivaprasad, S., Hogg, R. E., Azuara-Blanco, A., Heimann, H., Dimitrova, M. P., Gale, R., Porteous, M., Ramsay, C., Chakravarthy, U., Scotland, G., Kennedy, C.
    British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 106, no. 12, pp. 1754-1761
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Interpretation of change scores for the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire-25: the minimally important difference

    Burr, J. M., Cooper, D., Ramsay, C. R., Che Hamzah, J., Azuara-Blanco, A.
    British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 106, no. 11
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Photodynamic versus white-light-guided resection of first-diagnosis non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: PHOTO RCT

    Heer, R., Lewis, R., Duncan, A., Penegar, S., Vadiveloo, T., Clark, E., Yu, G., Mariappan, P., Cresswell, J., McGrath, J., N'Dow, J., Nabi, G., Mostafid, H., Kelly, J., Ramsay, C., Lazarowicz, H., Allan, A., Breckons, M., Campbell, K., Campbell, L., Feber, A., McDonald, A., Norrie, J., Orozco-Leal, G., Rice, S., Tandogdu, Z., Taylor, E., Wilson, L., Vale, L., MacLennan, G., Hall, E.
    Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), vol. 26, no. 40, pp. 1-144
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "Well, in dentistry the dentist is always the boss”: A multi-method exploration of which organisational characteristics of dental practices most influence the implementation of evidence-based guidance.

    Cassie, H., Treweek, S., McKee, L., Ramsay, C., Young, L., Clarkson, J.
    BMJ Open, vol. 12, no. 8, e059564
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Synthetic sling or artificial urinary sphincter for men with urodynamic stress incontinence after prostate surgery: the MASTER non-inferiority RCT

    Constable, L., Abrams, P., Cooper, D., Kilonzo, M., Cotterill, N., Harding, C. K., Drake, M. J., Pardoe, M. N., McDonald, A., Smith, R., Norrie, J., McCormack, K., Ramsay, C., Uren, A., Mundy, T., Glazener, C., MacLennan, G.
    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 26, no. 36, 184
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Perspectives of staff adopting outpatient asynchronous consultations in NHS Grampian, Scotland

    Rzewuska, M., Locock, L., Melvin, M., Anthony, M., MacKenzie, K., Keen, A., Ramsay, C.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
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