Dr Peter Fenwick is Consultant Neuropsychiatrist emeritus to the Epilepsy Unit at the Maudsley Hospital which he ran for 20 years. His current appointments include Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings College London, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at the Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford and Honorary Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist at Broadmoor Hospital. He holds a visiting professorship in Japan, where he spends three months of the year in advanced neuropsychiatric research.
Dr Fenwick has had a longstanding interest in brain function, the relationship of the mind and the brain, and the problem of consciousness. He has an extensive research record and has published over 200 papers in medical and scientific journals on brain function and also several papers on meditation and altered states of consciousness.
He is widely regarded as the main clinical authority in the UK on the subject of 'Near Death Experiences' and is highly regarded by both medical colleagues and the media for his knowledge of this subject.
He is co-author (with Elizabeth Fenwick) of 'The Truth in the Light', an examination of near-death experiences, and, 'Living with Epilepsy : A guide to taking control'.
He is a former Chairman of the Scientific and Medical Network, a group of doctors and scientists seeking to deepen understanding in science and medicine by fostering intuitive as well as rational insights. He has specialist expertise in psychiatric syndromes resulting from head injury and brain damage, and automatism and automatic behaviour resulting from brain dysfunction, natural sleep, disorders of sleep and other medical conditions which may lead to automatic behaviour.
Dr Fenwick's areas of expertise include:
- Psychiatry and neuropsychiatry
- Neurology and neurosurgery
- Head, brain and spinal cord disease and injury
- Unusual mental states resulting from brain injury/disease
- Disorders of sleep and their forensic consequences (e.g. sleepwalking)
- Accident victims (psychiatry)
- Medical negligence
- Personal injury
Pam Evans has long been an admirer of Dr Fenwick's work, especially his research into near death experiences and his views on science and spirituality in the 21st Century.