Charles Wolfe

Charles Wolfe


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Research interests

Predominantly focusing on epidemiology and health services research aspects of stroke, although he has maintained an interest in women’s health having undertaken studies in gynaecological cancer, maternity care and maternal morbidity.

Full details of the stroke research group can be found at the stroke team website. Established a community based South London Stroke Register (SLSR) in 1988 that has been maintained ever since for various programmes of work. The focus of the epidemiology has been on estimating acute and longer term needs of stroke, the risk of stroke in a multi ethnic community and developing chronic disease register methodology.

The SLSR has been used as a sampling frame for trials of early supported discharge after stroke, secondary prevention, carer support and qualitative studies. Charles has coordinated four successive EU funded programmes assessing the quality of stroke care in Europe.

Biographical details

Charles Wolfe trained in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1978. After two years in general practice, he went on to train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, obtaining the MRCOG in 1985.

He subsequently studied for an MD in neuroendocrine aspects of pregnancy as a research Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital. He then trained in Public Health at St Thomas’ and became a Senior Lecturer/honorary Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 1992 and was awarded a personal Chair in 2002.

He then went on to become Head of the cross College Research Division of Health and Social Care in 2004 and Head of the Department of Public Health Sciences in 2006, and Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences in 2010.

Charles has been involved in clinical management for over fifteen years, having been Director of Women’s Health at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Director of Clinical Development and currently Director of R&D.

He is a member of the NHS R&D Forum and sits on the HSRN Board. He is a member of the Stroke Association R&D committee, various Department of Health stroke working groups and the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Group. He is an NIHR Inaugural Senior Investigator.

Research interests (short)

Charles Wolfe is Professor of Public Health at King's College London. He trained in Public Health at St Thomas' Hospital, London, becoming an Honorary Consultant in 1992 and was awarded a personal Chair at King's College London in 2002. He is currently the King's Health Partners Lead for Public Health and Director of Research and Development at Guy's and St Thomas'. His research addresses epidemiological and health services research questions in stroke including estimating acute and longer term needs, the risk of stroke and chronic disease register methodology; and early supported discharge, secondary prevention, carer support and qualitative studies.

He is a member of the Health Services Research Network Board and was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2008.

Charles is currently Head of Division for Health & Social Care Research. He is also the King's Health Partners Lead for Public Health and Director of Research and Development at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, St Thomas' Hospital Medical School

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Award Date: 1 Jan 1978


  • R Medicine (General)
  • Stroke
  • epidemiology
  • health services
  • South London Stroke Register
  • implementation of evidence
  • natural history and prevention


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