Davinder Sandhu, MBBS, MD

Professor of Medical Skills

Phone: (925) 854-8148
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Davinder Sandhu, MBBS, MD


  • AMEE, Essential Skills of Medical Education, 2019
  • Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education, University of Bristol, 2012
  • Harvard Macy Institute Course, Leading innovations in healthcare and education, 2005
  • MD, (Level 10 eq. to PhD) University of Leicester, 1994
  • FRCS, Urology, 1991
  • FRCS, Glasgow, 1987
  • FRCS, Edinburgh, 1986
  • MBBS, London University, 1980


Professor Sandhu graduated from London University in 1980 and practiced for 13 years as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester. Then appointed as Head of Education and Postgraduate Dean, of the Severn Deanery in the Southwest of England. This involved overseeing almost 2,500 residents in 65 specialties, in 12 hospitals based in 8 cities. Having served 8.5 years at Severn Deanery, briefly he was Prof. of Medical Education at the University of Bristol before becoming the Head of School of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Medical University in Bahrain. He served for 6 years as Chair of the Postgraduate Committee of AMEE.

Research Interests

Professor Sandhu has over a hundred publications including peer reviewed papers, editorials, letters to the editor and book chapters. His AMEE Guide on Healthcare Educational Leadership in the 21st Century was published in 2020. His education grants from the NHS to develop postgraduate training was in excess of $21m over 5 years. His research gate score is 27.79, with an H Index of 15 and over 700 citations.

Honors & Awards

Surgitek Prize - awarded by B.A.U.S. 1990 for best research paper; F.R.C.S. England ad eundem 2003; Visiting Chair Professor of Medical Education Univ. of Bristol 2005; Excellence Achievement Award BAPIO 2011; F.R.C.P. Edinburgh 2012; Bruce Medal. Rare Honor for distinguished contribution to Education and Training. RCS Ed. 2013; F.D.S. Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of England 2013; Life Honorary Fellowship British Ass. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 2013; FHEA 2013; FRCGP (Hons.) Royal College of General Practitioners 2014; FFSTEd. Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers 2014; FRCSI ad eundem Fellow Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2020.