MA MSt DPhil (Oxon), OBE
College Tutor in Greek and Latin Languages

Academic Background

I read Literae Humaniores at St Anne’s College, Oxford, followed by two years as Research Assistant to Professor Keith Hopkins, with whom I collaboratively authored a chapter of his book Death and Renewal (Cambridge, 1983). I then decided to try life outside academia, working first in overseas development and subsequently in a series of leadership roles in UK health charities and public bodies, for which I was appointed OBE in 2003. I returned to academic life in 2009. My doctoral research, undertaken at Christ Church, Oxford, brought together both strands of my career in a study of the 1st century Greek doctor Rufus of Ephesus’s unique treatise on the importance of questioning patients about all aspects of their life and condition.


Review of Jacques Jouanna, Greek Medicine from Hippocrates to Galen: Selected Papers (Brill, 2012), in Medical History 57, 447-449 (2013).

‘Rufus of Ephesus and the Patient’s Perspective in Medicine’, in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22.5: 996-1020 (2014).

‘Questioning the Patient, Questioning Hippocrates: Rufus of Ephesus and the Pursuit of Knowledge’, in G. Petridou and C. Thumiger, eds., Homo Patiens – Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World, 81-103. Leiden and Boston (2016)

‘Mental Perceptions and Pathology in the Work of Rufus of Ephesus’ in an edited volume of conference papers on mental disease in the ancient world.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach Greek and Latin languages to all Jesus College undergraduates, and have also taught for the Classics Faculty as part of the inter-collegiate language teaching team.

Graduate teaching 

I am happy to teach Greek and Latin to graduate students according to need.

Research interests

The social history of ancient medicine.

Other information

I’m married with two adult children, am an incorrigible bibliophile who cherishes the belief that buying books doesn’t count as spending money, and enjoy yoga, skiing (a rare treat), travelling (especially to ancient sites) and pottering about in my garden when the weather is fine.


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