Our Founders

Our Founders

Ann McPherson

Dr Ann McPherson CBE FRCGP FRCP (22nd June 1945- 28 May 2011) was co-founder of healthtalk.org who sadly passed away in 2011. Ann was a GP who came to the idea of a patient experience website through her own experience of breast cancer. 
Ann was a tireless campaigner for the rights of patients and brought unique insight into the issues affecting people’s health, following 30 years’ experience as an Oxford GP. She was passionate about young people’s health and co-authored the book ‘Diary of Teenage Health Freak’ with Aidan McFarlane which sold over 1 million copies and was made into a TV series.
Ann campaigned for changes in the law relating to assisted dying (a term Ann preferred over 'assisted suicide'). She was a patron of Dignity in Dying and a founder of Health Professionals for Assisted Dying.

Ann is very much missed by her colleagues at DIPEx and The Health Experiences Research Group who remain dedicated to building upon her legacy.

See Ann share her experience of pancreatic cancer.

Watch Ann McPherson's memorial service at Balliol college here.

Andrew Herxheimer

Dr Andrew Herxheimer FBPS FRCP (4th November 1925 – 21 February 2016) was co-founder of healthtalk.org, He sadly passed away in 2016, three weeks after attending what was to be his last trustees’ meeting. Andrew was a clinical pharmacologist who came to the idea of a patient experience website through his own experience of knee surgery.

As well as being our co-founder, Andrew was a founding editor of the Drugs & Therapeutics Bulletin from 1963 to 1992. During this time he edited 778 issue and more than 2 million words. He was Emeritus Fellow of the UK Cochrane Centre and convenor of the Cochrane Collaboration on Adverse Effects Methods Group. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization on pharmaceuticals and drug dependence. He remained an active member of many international networks and published articles until the time of his death.

In December 2015 he was made a fellow of the British Pharmacological Society.

Andrew remained a fierce advocate and champion of evidence-based and transparent medicine all his life.

Andrew loved language and spoke English, French, German and Dutch with wit and aplomb. He is greatly missed by the staff and trustees of DIPEx, as well as colleagues at the Health Experiences Research Group.

You can watch Andrew's memorial meeting here.


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