Professor Peter SullivanBack to People

Department: Paediatrics
Phone: 01865 234220

Academic Background

Clinical Tutor (Manchester) 1984 -1986; MRC Clinical Research Fellow (Cambridge) 1986-1988; Clinical Lecturer (London) 1989-1992; Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics (Hong Kong) 1992-1994 University Lecturer then Reader in Paediatric Gastroenterology (Oxford) 1994-


As Director of Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Paediatrics I am responsible for development and presentation of Oxford’s undergraduate paediatric course. I am actively involved in one-to-one and group teaching and in educational research. My tutorial subjects include gastrointestinal physiology and paediatrics. My regular lectures cover topics in paediatric epidemiology, international paediatrics, paediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, and recognition of the sick child. I provide ward- and out-patient based clinical teaching.

As Director of Medical Education (Associate Medical Director) for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust I am responsible for the quality assurance of the clinical training of over 800 junior doctors.  I am also Associate Dean (Postgraduate medicine) in the Medical Science Division at the University of Oxford.

Research Interests

The nutritional and gastrointestinal consequences of brain damage in infants and children and the neurocognitive effects in them of neurotrophic dietary supplementation.

Selected Publications

Sullivan, PB, et al. The prevalence and severity of feeding and nutritional problems in children with neurological impairment: The Oxford Feeding Study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2000; 42(10):674-680

Sullivan, PB, et al. Impact of feeding problems on nutritional intake and growth: Oxford Feeding Study II. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2002; 44:461-467

Sullivan, PB, et al. Gastrostomy tube feeding in children with cerebral palsy: a prospective, longitudinal study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2005;47:77-85

Sullivan, PB, et al. Gastrostomy tube feeding in children with cerebral palsy: too much of a good thing?. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2006; 48:877-882

Sullivan, PB., Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children with Neurodisabilities. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews 2008; 14(2): 128-136

Sullivan PB . Feeding and Nutrition in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disability. Mac Keith Press / Wiley-Blackwell ; ISBN:978-1-898683-60-5 (2009)