Dr Andrew Wakefield is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981. He is the fourth generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital.
He pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and in 1996 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship to study small-intestinal transplantation in Toronto, Canada. Wakefield was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2001. He has published over 145 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries. He recently authored the best-selling book Callous Disregard, chronicling his experiences of challenging public health policy and pharmaceutical industry interests in the UK.
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in the Department of Medicine at London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country, his career, and his medical license.
Wakefield is currently founder and executive director of Strategic Autism Initiative, a Texas-based charity focused on research into autism causation. He is also managing partner and scientific editor of The Autism File Global, a special interest magazine.
This video was filmed at the Vaccine Safety Conference, 2011.