Professor Craig Ramsay

Professor Craig Ramsay

Director of Health Services Research Unit

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

Professor Craig Ramsay
Professor Craig Ramsay

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The University of Aberdeen Health Services Research Unit (HSRU)
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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.



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

Research Areas

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  • 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


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

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

Research 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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  • Statistical assessment of the learning curves of health technologies

    Ramsay, C. R., Grant, A. M., Wallace, S. A., Garthwaite, P. H., Monk, A. F., Russell, I. T.

    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1-99

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reducing the rates of inappropriate labour induction

    Ramsay, C. R., Matowe, L., Ward, J.

    Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 164, no. 8, pp. 1128-1129

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Assessment of the learning curve in health technologies - A systematic review

    Ramsay, C. R., Grant, A. M., Wallace, S. A., Garthwaite, P. H., Monk, A. F., Russell, I. T.

    International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, vol. 16, pp. 1095-1108

    Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews

  • Evaluation of clinical guidelines for the management of end-stage renal disease in Europe: the EU BIOMED 1 Study

    Ramsay, C. R., Campbell, M. K., Cantarovich, D., Catto, G., Cody, J., Daly, C., Delcroix, C., Edward, N., Grimshaw, J. M., van Hamersvelt, H. W., Henderson, I. S., Khan, I. H., Koene, R. A. P., Papadimitrou, M., Ritz, E., Tsakiris, D., MacLeod, A. M.

    Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, vol. 15, pp. 1394-1398

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Symptomatic outcome following laparoscopic anterior partial fundoplication: follow-up of a series of 200 patients

    Ross, S., Jabbar, A., Ramsay, C. R., Watson, A. J. M., Grant, A. M., Krukowski, Z. H.

    Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, vol. 45, pp. 363-365

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Neonatal examination and screening trial (NEST): a randomised, controlled, switchback trial of alternative policies for low risk infants

    Glazener, C. M. A., Ramsay, C. R., Campbell, M. K., Booth, P., Duffty, P., Lloyd, D. J., McDonald, A., Reid, J. A.

    British Medical Journal, vol. 318, no. 7184, pp. 627-631

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Comparing outcomes in renal replacement therapy: how should we correct for case mix?

    Khan, I. H., Campbell, M. K., Cantarovich, D., Catto, G. R., Delcroix, C., Edward, N., Fontenaille, C., van Hamersvelt, H. W., Henderson, I. S., Koene, R. A., Papadimitriou, M., Ritz, E., Ramsay, C., Tsakiris, D., MacLeod, A. M.

    American Journal of Kidney Diseases, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 473-8

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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