David Wood

Consultant physician and clinical toxicologist


David Wood is a consultant physician and clinical toxicologist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and reader in clinical toxicology at King's College London. He is the chair of the Drug and Therapeutics Committee and co-chair of the Medicines Safety Committee at the Trust, and one of the vice chairs of the South East London Integrated Medicines Optimisation Committee (SEL IMOC). He has recently been appointed as a clinical co-ordinator at the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NECPOD).

Based on his extensive research portfolio in recreational drug and new psychoactive substance use and associated harm, he is a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and an expert advisor on recreational drugs and new psychoactive substances to the:

  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (ECMDDA)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 

Education and training

  • Certificate of completion of specialist training in general (internal) medicine and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, 2007
  • MD, University of London, 2005
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), 2000
  • Medicine and surgery (MB ChB) honours, University of Bristol, 1997
  • Pharmacology BSc 1st-Class Honours, University of Bristol,1994

Research interests

  • Epidemiology of and short-term harm related to the misuse of recreational drugs
  • New psychoactive substances and prescription medicine and the short-term harms related to their misuse, the European Drug Emergency Network (Euro-DEN)
  • Project and collaborative work with the US RADARS system


  • Fellowship of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (FAACT), 2018
  • Fellowship of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologist (FEAPCCT), 2015
  • Fellowship of the British Pharmacological Society (FBPhS), 2012
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), 2012
  • Fellowship of the American College of Medical Toxicology (FACMT), 2012

Last updated: November 2023

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