Professor Sir Robert Lechler
Robert is Executive Director of King's Health Partners. Working with the Board and Executive Board, he sets the direction and focus of the partnership. He is also Senior Vice President (Health) at King’s College London.
Robert qualified in medicine in 1975 and completed his PhD in transplantation immunology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. He completed his scientific training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda in the USA and returned to the UK to a Senior Lecturer Post at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1986 and became Head of the Department of Immunology in 1994. He moved to King's College London as Head of the School of Medicine in September 2004 and was appointed Vice Principal (Health) in October 2005. In 2009, he became Executive Director for King's Health Partners and in 2012 received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to academic medicine. In 2015 he became President of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Robert continues to direct a research group in transplantation immunology and his research group has three major interests: defining and exploiting the mechanisms of transplantation tolerance; regulating coagulation as a mechanism to inhibit inflammatory and adaptive immune responses; and defining the “fingerprint” of clinical transplantation tolerance.