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DPhil start date

October 2016

Project title

Leadership Development in Healthcare: does it work, how does it work and why?


Professor Peter McCulloch, Professor Richard Canter and Dr Nicholas Fahy

Oscar Lyons

MBChB (Auckland)

DPhil student

I grew up in New Zealand, qualified as a medical doctor (MBChB) at the University of Auckland, and worked in Gisborne and south Auckland before moving to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.

I am in my final year of a DPhil in Leadership Development in Health. My research focuses on exploring factors which determine the clinical outcomes of leadership development programmes in health.

Alongside my research, I coordinate and deliver leadership programmes for trainee doctors and multidisciplinary health professionals.


Evidence-based medical leadership development: a systematic review

Lyons O, et al. 

BMJ Leader 2020;0:1–8. doi:10.1136/leader-2020-000360

Leadership development in New Zealand and Australian medical schools: needs analysis

Lyons O, McHardy K, Bagg W, Wilkinson T

BMJ Leader. 2019 November 25. doi: 10.1136/leader-2019-000147

A systematic review of leadership training for medical students                    

Lyons O, Su'a B, Locke M, Hill A

N Z Med J. 2018 Jan 19;131(1468):75-84.

Leadership in medicine

Lyons O, Canter R

Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2018 July 5; 100: 211-214

Professionalism: Definitions and Principles

Lyons O, Bishop A, Canter R

BJUI Knowledge. November 2019