Medical Section


The medical section is a long-established section of the Royal Statistical Society. Whilst electronic records of the activities of the section only date back to the mid 80’s correspondence with fellow statisticians anecdotally suggests that the section was already ‘well established in the 1960’s’.

Health and Medical statistics continues to remain an important application of statistics and an area where statistics continues to develop in order to keep up with new advances in both science and technology. Therefore in future years the importance of medical statistics is likely to continue to grow.


The aim of the section is to develop and support the application of statistical methods in all branches of medicine.

This is achieved through the following objectives:

  • Organise and support regular high-quality meetings focused on issues of importance in medical and healthcare statistics both at Errol Street and across the United Kingdom.
  • Where possible the section will work together with other appropriate sections and non-RSS organisations to promote Medical Statistics.  This has previously included the PSI (statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry) and the International Biometric Society.
  • Jointly organise the Annual Bradford Hill lecture with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • Support the work of the Primary Health Care Statistics Study Group (PCSG)


Chair: Robin Mitra 
Vice-Chair: [currently not filled]
Secretary: Nathan Green / Nicola Fitz-Simon  (Annie Herbert is currently on maternity leave)
Meetings Secretary: Gill Price

Committee members

Rumana Omar
Timothy Pickles
Mona Kanaan (Discussions meetings representative)
Mark Pilling (Young Statisticians Section representative)
Emily Petherick
Sue Todd (Council representative)
Fabio Rigat
Neil Hawkins
Salma Ayis
Catey Bunce
Laura Boyle
Wendy Harrison

Future meetings

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News and meeting reports

Read news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Connected groups

International Genetic Epidemiology Society

Additional information

Twitter: @RSSMedSection
Mailing List: RSS Medical Section