D. Hall (M.B., B.S., B.S., FRCPCH, FRCP, DHS) qualified at St. George’s Hospital, London, UK, in 1969, and won the University Gold Medal. He trained in London and then spent three years at Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg (now Chris Hani Baragwanath). His interests were childhood neurology and disability diagnosis, management, early identification, and prevention. He was appointed a Consultant Paediatrician at St. George’s in 1978. He chaired working parties on child health surveillance - the report entitled “Health for all children” (OUP – Oxford) is now in its fourth edition. He established the Child Health section of the National Screening Committee. He was appointed to the Chair of community paediatrics in Sheffield in 1993. He has published around 100 papers, three books (in several editions) and 11 book chapters. He was elected President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1999 and held office from 2000 to 2003 and was Cochair of the “acute services” and “ill child” modules of the National Service Framework. He was knighted in 2003 for services to medicine. He has undertaken consultancies for health authorities and government departments, both in the UK and overseas and worked for UK government departments on obesity, spinal deformity, disability, adolescent transition and the SureStart programme. He has advised Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, and many NGOs, including the Spastics Society (now SCOPE), Contact a Family, AFASIC, Tadworth Court Children’s Trust, Children’s Head Injury Trust, UNICEF – UK, Well Child, NSPCC, WhizzKidz, and others. He retired to South Africa in 2005. He is Emeritus Professor at Sheffield, UK, and Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, Capte Town, South Africa. He advises on R&D at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, and the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Hall has expertise in child health, screening, disability, social aspects of child, and adolescent health.
Biography Updated on 8 December 2010