Dr David Kessler

BA(Oxon), MB,BS(Lond), MRCPsych, MD, MRCGP

David Kessler is a Reader in Primary Care at the Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol. He has a first degree in English Literature and worked with single homeless alcoholic men before going to medical school at St Bartholomew’s in London. He is trained as a psychiatrist and is a member of both the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well the Royal College of General Practitioners.

He has been a partner in an urban Bristol general practice since 1991. He came into research quite late, writing his first paper in 1999.

He was awarded his MD in 2003 and now spends most of his time in the University, although he sees patients in practice for 3 surgeries a week. He has a substantial teaching commitment and has supervised PhDs, including non-clinical students, and mentored clinical academics. He has sat on NIHR grant awarding bodies and been a member of a NICE guidelines development group.

His research has always grown out of clinical questions, and his central interest is the improvement of care for those with depression and anxiety. However, he has also developed broader interests, including research with a medical anthropological perspective. There are two particular areas where he is research active. The first is increasing access to psychotherapy, using online therapy. The second is improving outcomes for people with treatment resistant depression.