David Wood

Dr David Wood, consultant physician and clinical toxicologist

Consultant physician and clinical toxicologist


David Wood is a consultant physician and clinical toxicologist at Guy's and St Thomas' and reader in clinical toxicology at King’s College London.

He has a clinical, research and academic interest in epidemiology of use of and acute harms related to recreational drugs, new psychoactive substances (NPS) and misused prescription medicines.

He is a co-opted member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and expert advisor to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (ECMDDA), World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the area of recreational drugs and NPS.

Education and training

  • University of Bristol, BSc 1st class hons in pharmacology, 1994
  • University of Bristol, MB ChB (hons), 1997
  • Royal College of Physicians, MRCP, 2000
  • University of London MD, 2005
  • Certificate of completion of specialist training in general (internal) medicine and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, 2007

Research interests

  • Epidemiology of and acute harms related to misuse of recreational drugs

  • New psychoactive substances and prescription medicine, and the related acute harms to this use/misuse. This is delivered in through the European Drug Emergency Network (Euro-DEN)

  • Project and collaborative work with the US RADARS system


David has been awarded fellowships by:

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

Last updated: April 2022

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