Alex Bottle

Reader in Medical Statistics


Dr Alex Bottle is a Reader in Medical Statistics and co-Director of the Dr Foster Unit in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. Following an MSc in statistics at the University of Southampton, he obtained his PhD in epidemiology at Imperial; in his doctoral thesis he modelled routine hospital admissions and air pollution data to investigate the effects of industrial complexes on local populations. Following secondment to the 2001 Public Inquiry into the crimes of Harold Shipman, his research has focused on the measurement and monitoring of the quality and safety of care using large databases, summarised in his recent book. He set up a national hospital monitoring system that notified the regulator of the high mortality at Mid Staffordshire Hospital, helping to lead to the UK’s third healthcare Public Inquiry. He leads work on comparing care pathways and outcomes for patients with long-term conditions such as heart failure and chronic obstructive lung disease. He teaches data analysis and critical thinking to medical and postgraduate students and as a consultant to the UK public sector.