Gabriel Scally studied medicine at The Queen’s University of Belfast, his home city. Subsequently, he trained, first in general practice and then in public health medicine.
He has held Director of Public Health posts at the local level in Northern Ireland and regional level in England. He has been involved in many high profile inquiries into health services failures in Britain and Ireland.
He is currently a Visiting Professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol and President of the Epidemiology and Public Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a member of Independent SAGE – the group set up to contribute open and independent scientific advice on the UK’s coronavirus crisis. He also participates in ISAG, the Zero COVID scientific advocacy group in Ireland.