Emeritus Professor Ravi Maheswaran

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health


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Emeritus Professor Ravi Maheswaran
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

I retired in September 2023 and have been awarded an Emeritus Professorship. I continue to be actively involved in research.

I graduated in Medicine (MBChB) from the University of Sheffield in 1981 and was awarded an MD in 1990 by the University of Sheffield for research on alcohol and hypertension. I joined the University of Sheffield in 1998 as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Reader and then Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health.

My professional qualifications included Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, 1984), Membership (MFPHM, 1996) and subsequently Fellowship (FFPH, 2009) of the Faculty of Public Health. I relinquished my registration with the General Medical Council and the Faculty of Public Health following my retirement.

Research interests

My specialist areas of research interest and expertise focus on geographical and environmental epidemiology and socioeconomic and geographical disparities in health and health care.

I have worked on numerous grants incorporating innovative linkage of geographical, environmental and health datasets to address a wide range of research questions.

My publication track record includes over 100 publications with a Scopus H-index of over 20.


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Conference proceedings papers

  • Tong T, Thokala P, Chilcott J, Aber A, Maheswaran R & Michaels J (2020) PSU6 A Patient-LEVEL Simulation for Economic Evaluation of Vascular Service Reconfiguration in England. Value in Health Regional Issues, Vol. 22 (pp S105-S105) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aber A, Tong T, Chilcott J, Maheswaran R, Thomas S, Nawaz S & Michaels J (2018) 05: Risk adjustment for comorbidities in aortic aneurysm surgery. British Journal of Surgery, Vol. 105(S1) (pp 8-8). Nottingham, United Kingdom, 11 January 2018 - 11 January 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michaels J, Pearson T, Maheswaran R, Thomas S & Nawaz S (2016) Trends in aortic aneurysm treatment from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). BRITISH JOURNAL OF SURGERY, Vol. 103 (pp 20-20) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Erskine SE, Gleeson D & Maheswaran R (2008) Alcohol-related mortality, socioeconomic deprivation and urbanicity in England and Wales. GUT, Vol. 57 (pp A77-A77) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bath P, Craigs C, Maheswaran R, Raymond J & Willett P (2002) Use of graph theory for data mining in public health. DATA MINING III, Vol. 6 (pp 819-828) RIS download Bibtex download



  • Ashby D, Bird SM, Hunt I, Grant R, King T, Atkinson AC, Riani M, Gandy A, Kvaloy JT, Caan W , Eames M et al (2012) Discussion on the paper by Spiegelhalter, Sherlaw-Johnson, Bardsley, Blunt, Wood and Grigg. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES A-STATISTICS IN SOCIETY, 175, 25-47. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Policy research support for NIHR Vascular Socioeconomic Project (below). Research England (QR-PSF) 2021-22, £54,881 (PI)
  • Investigating socioeconomic and geographical disparities in vascular surgery rates and outcomes in England. National Institute for Health Research 2020-23, £145,049 (Joint PI)
  • A multidisciplinary approach to prevention of multimorbidity in post-conflict Serbia. University of Sheffield (QR GCRF) 2019-21, £84,180 (Co-I)
  • Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN). Natural Environment Research Council 2016-19, £1.04 million (Co-I)
  • Investigation of the association between alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related hospital admission rates in England. Alcohol Research UK 2015-16, £58,369 (PI)
  • Innovative approaches to understanding the wider determinants of health and wellbeing using record linkage and mixed methods to exploit the full potential of population cohorts in Yorkshire & Humber (BiB and SYC). White Rose Consortium (White Rose PhD studentship Network) 2014-17, £268,725 (Co-I)
  • Treatment patterns of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Amgen Ltd 2014-15, £29,275 (PI)
  • The design, development, commissioning and evaluation of patient-focused vascular services. NIHR (Programme Grant) 2013-19, £1.86 million (Co-I)
  • Impact of migration on geographical patterns of health inequalities in Sheffield. Sheffield Primary Care Trust 2011-13, £30,572 (PI)
  • Evaluation of the new Summary Hospital Mortality Index (SHMI) for the Department of Health. Department of Health 2011-12, £62,837 (Co-I)
  • Alcohol and the Performing Community: Mapping representations of “Binge-drinking” and community health. Arts and Humanities Research Council 2011-12, £30,890 (Co-I)
  • Alcohol policy modelling and evaluation. Medical Research Council 2010-13, £1.05 million (Co-I)
Teaching activities

My main teaching role was as Director of Undergraduate Public Health Teaching on the Sheffield MBChB. I provided leadership and management for public health teaching across all phases of the Sheffield MBChB curriculum.

I also previously set up and taught postgraduate modules on Epidemiology, Using Sources of Information and GIS in Public Health on the Sheffield MPH.

Professional activities and memberships

I organised the First European Conference on Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) in Public Health, held in Sheffield in 2001 (252 participants from 19 countries) with European Union Fifth Framework funding to support the conference and associated workshops.

I was involved in organising GIS Research UK 2002 and the 2nd UK and Ireland Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology meeting in 2006.

I was also involved in organising several conferences for GEOMED, the premier international conference series on spatial statistics, geographical epidemiology and public health:

  • 2005 (Cambridge, UK)
  • 2009 (Charleston, USA)
  • 2011 (Victoria, Canada)
  • 2013 (Sheffield, UK)
  • 2015 (Florence, Italy)
  • 2017 (Porto, Portugal)
  • 2019 (Glasgow, UK)