Jonathan Shepherd is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Head of Department 1991-2003) and Vice Dean at Cardiff University. On completion of his clinical training at King's College Hospital he graduated from the University of London in 1973. After House and Senior House Officer appointments at Kings, the Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead and the Eastman Dental Hospital in London he was appointed Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Oxford where he held a Research Fellowship in the Nuffield Department of Surgery.His research, spanning the social and medical sciences, has provided many new insights -- particularly the great extent to which assault resulting in NHS treatment is not reported to the police and the substantial mental health impact on victims in terms of posttraumatic disorder and other conditions.The inter-disciplinary Violence Research Group (VRG), formed by Professor Shepherd, has played a major role in the UK and internationally in epidemiology, management and prevention of violence. Part of this research was the evaluation of urban centre closed-circuit television using police and A&E data; demonstrating that increased surveillance and targeted policing of violence "hot spots" reduces physical harm. The violence prevention model then implemented meant that there were 106 fewer people treated for violence related injuries during December 2009 at Cardiff A & E compared to the number of incidents handled in 2000.Professor Shepherd was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for excellence in Higher Education in 2009 for his groundbreaking work in violence prevention.
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