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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  • Effects of mailed dissemination of the Royal College of Radiologists' guidelines on general practitioner referrals for radiography: a time series analysis

    Matowe, L., Ramsay, C. R., Gilbert, F. J., MacLeod, M. J., Needham, G.
    Clinical Radiology, vol. 57, no. 7, pp. 575-578
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The method of minimization for allocation to clinical trials: a review

    Scott, N. W., McPherson, G. C., Campbell, M. K., Ramsay, C. R.
    Controlled Clinical Trials, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 662-674
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Epidemiological methods

    Grimshaw, J., Wilson, B. J., Campbell, M. K., Eccles, M. P., Ramsay, C. R.
    Studying the organization and delivery of the health services. Fulop, N., Allen, P. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, pp. 56-72, 16 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • 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


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

Working Papers and Discussion Papers