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Professor Gene Feder

Professor Gene Feder

Professor Gene Feder
BSc, M.B.,B.S., M.D.(Lond.), F.R.C.G.P.

Professor of Primary Care

Office Room 1.01c
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 3314548


My research started with an MD on the health and health care of Traveller Gypsies. This was followed by studies on the development and implementation of clinical guidelines, the management of chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions in primary care and the health impact of domestic violence. My current research programmes focus on the diagnosis and management of stable heart disease and health care responses to domestic violence. My main methodological expertise is in randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. I collaborate with epidemiologists and social scientists on cohort and qualitative studies respectively.


I trained at Guy's Hospital medical school, qualifying in 1982. This followed a BSc in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Sussex. I trained as a GP and was a principal in Hackney, east London for 21 years until I moved to Bristol in 2007. I held the chair of primary care research and development at Barts and the London (QMUL) until 2008. I have chaired 4 NICE clinical guidelines (Lipid management in type II diabetes, Falls in older people, Secondary prevention of MI, Domestic violence and abuse) and the WHO intimate partner violence guideline development group.

Activities / Findings

I lead a programme of domestic violence research, courtesy of the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research funding  stream. With Emma Williamson and Marianne Hester in the Centre for Gender Violence Research (UoB) and Louise Howard and Gail Gilchrist at the Institute of Psychiatry (KCL),  we are focusing on broadening the IRIS intervention  ( to include children and men and trialing a group intervention for men who use violence in their relationships with women:


In collabortion with Chris Griffiths and Alex Sohal at QMUL, I am investigating the implementation of the IRIS programme:

Domestic violence research supervision:

3 academic clinical fellows (Lucy Potter, Claire Hawcroft and Kate Pitt).

2 PhDs students, one working on the needs of migrant women (Nadia Khelaifat) and the other on the sustainability of the IRIS programme (Anna Dowrick).

1 post-doctoral researcher investigating the needs of friends and families of women exposed to domestic violence (Alison Gregory).

Outside of the UK, I am a co-investigator in the the EU-funded RESPONSE programme  and an MRC-funded study on primary care responses to violence against women in Palestine and Brazil.

On the cardiovascular front, I am the Bristol PI for BARACK-D and collaborate on other studies:

I supervise a PhD on shared decision making with patients with hypertension or cardiac failure (Rachel Johnson).

Beyond domestic violence and cardiovascular research, I am a collaborator in the Life of Breath programme, an inter-disciplinary collaboration between the universities of Bristol and Durham:

and a founder member of the association for International Development of Family Medicine in Palestine (IDFMP):



  • gender violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • cardiovascular
  • Primary Health Care


  • Randomised control trials
  • Systematic review methodology
  • ethnography
  • cohort designs


Cardiovascular health - in particular the diagnosis and management of angina and using cardiovascular risk as a basis of treatment decisions. I am particularly concerned about inequitable care. I have conducted trials, cohort and qualitative studies in this area and chaired the NICE post-MI guidelines group Domestic violence - in particular the response of health care professionals to survivors of partner abuse. I have conducted systematic reviews and trials in this area and have written international guidelines for primary care. Clinical guidelines and quality of health care - in particular the validity of guidelines and their implementation in primary care. I have chaired three UK national guideline groups.

  • cardiovascular health
  • angina
  • domestic violence
  • clinical guidelines
  • primary care
  • general practice
  • Recent publications

    View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

    Networks & contacts

    • Sandra Eldridge
    • Chris Griffiths
    • Kelsey Hegarty
    • Marianne Hester
    • Louise Howard
    • Harriet Macmillan
    • Paul Wallace
    • Emma Williamson

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