Professor Miles Witham is a consultant geriatrician based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, as well as an academic geriatrician and Professor of Trials for Older People at Newcastle University.
He completed undergraduate training at Oxford University, and after junior hospital posts in southern England and Australia, he undertook specialist training in geriatric and general medicine in Dundee, Scotland, qualifying as a consultant in 2009. He moved to Newcastle in 2018 to take up a professorial post.
Professor Witham is part of the AGE Research Group at Newcastle University as part of the National Institute for Health Research Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre. His research aims to improve physical function and quality of life for older people – particularly those with sarcopenia (the weakness of muscles that is common with old age). His research spans epidemiology, the use of routinely collected clinical data, through to clinical trials focussed on the particular needs of older people. He is the National Speciality Lead for the NIHR Ageing Clinical Research Network, facilitating more and better research for older people across the UK.
Professor Witham undertakes clinical sessions alongside his University and research work; he currently runs a clinic as part of the Belsay academic Day Unit. He also works with the Community Rehabilitation Team delivering assessments in the community including in care homes, in close liaison with colleagues in primary care.Older Peoples Medicine