About us Our people Trustees Professor Sir Harry Burns Harry Burns graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1974. For the first 15 years ofhis career, he was a surgeon and, for 5 years, was Senior Lecturer and Honorary ConsultantSurgeon in Sir David Carters unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. It was working in the east endof Glasgow that made him interested in the causes of wellbeing rather than the treatmentof illness. He trained in Public Health, was Medical Director of the Royal Infirmary, Directorof Public Health for Glasgow and, from 2005 until 2014 was Chief Medical Officer forScotland.As a surgeon, he researched the metabolic response to illness and injury. His interest inhealth inequalities has also centred on the biological consequences of poverty and socialdisparity. His studies have included the economic impact of health and social inequalities.He was Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011 and in 2014 was awarded aLifetime Achievement Award for Public Service which was presented by the First Minister onbehalf of the Scottish Government and Parliament.He currently works as a Professor at Strathclyde University in its Health and Care FuturesGroup.