Two clinicians at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital have been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s William Cullen Prize.

Mr Mohammed Asif and Mr John Butler were presented with the Prize which recognises excellence in teaching. Both are lead educators for the Cardiothoracic Department and have made available a structured and comprehensive teaching programme. The programme, which has been running for five years, is hosted by the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, and is highly digitalised with audience participation via smart phones, apps and students linking in from across the country.

 The award was made at the Golden Jubilee Foundation’s bi-annual staff Excellence Awards on 10 November 2016.

Iain Milne, College Head of Heritage, who presented the recipients with a copy of one of Dr Cullen’s letters, said:

“We are pleased to recognise the excellent contribution Mr Asif and Mr Butler have made in providing this cardiothoracic programme.

“The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has members and Fellows all over the world, but this prize particularly recognises excellence at a local level in Scotland”.


Contact: Sara Collier, RCPE - 0131 247 3658 / (link sends e-mail)

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is an independent standard-setting body and professional membership organisation. The College’s aim is to improve and maintain the quality of patient care. The College helps qualified doctors to pursue their careers in specialist (internal) medicine through medical examinations, education and training. It also provides resources and information to support and facilitate professional development for physicians throughout their careers.
  2. The William Cullen Prize was created in 2016 to recognise excellence in teaching or service innovation at a regional level.
  3. William Cullen (1710-1790) was the most influential medical lecturer of his generation, and drew thousands of students to the Edinburgh Medical School. As the pre-eminent Scottish medical figure of his day, Cullen’s opinion was in high demand and people wrote to him from around the world requesting his advice on treatments. An archive of his private consultation letters can be found at (link is external)