The Revd Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler CStJ MBBS LLM MA PhD FRCGP FRSA is a Kentish Man by birth. He attended St Olaves Grammar School in Orpington, Kent, and was a chorister at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London (now the King’s Chapel of the Savoy), where he trained under the Master of the Music, Dr William Cole LVO.
A writer, poet, priest, physician (retd), musician, and former Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), Robert was a General Medical Practitioner for over 30 years, was ordained as a priest in the Church of England, where he served as an Assistant Curate in the Diocese of Lincoln, and is now a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and a Fellow of the Institute for Medical Humanities, at Durham University.
Robert is the author of five books. His first collection of poetry A Journey with Time was published in 2008. An academic text The Law and Medicine: Friend or Nemesis? appeared in 2013, followed by his debut novel Lamplight in the Shadows in 2015. Robert’s second collection of poetry On Quarry Beach was published in 2017, and a second academic text The Healing Enigma: The Physician-Priest in the 21st Century in 2018.
The winner of the Lincoln Book Festival Prize for Fiction in 2005 and the Fathom Prize for Poetry in 2010, Robert is currently working on the manuscript for a book of anecdotes from his time in general practice, as well as planning his second novel, a third collection of poetry, and conducting research involving the life and work of the Russian physician and writer, Anton Chekhov.
Robert is a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), a Master of Laws (Medical Law & Ethics) and a Master of Arts (Spirituality, Theology & Health). In 2023, he was made a Doctor of Philosophy of Durham University, for his thesis titled ”Preserving and Redeeming the Penultimate Through Healthcare: A Theological Foundation as visualised through the dual lens of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Albert Schweitzer’.
In 2005, Robert was granted the Freedom of the City of London as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. He is a Commander of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (CStJ), an elected Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP), and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2013.
He live in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire.