Tony Avery is Professor of Primary Health Care and Head of the Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham, UK. He graduated in medicine from the University of Sheffield in 1986. He trained as a family physician in Nottingham and since 1992 has held an academic appointment at the University of Nottingham while continuing to undertake part-time clinical work in a local family practice.

His main research interests are in the field of prescribing and patient safety in primary care. His studies have identified the nature and causes of medication-related adverse events in primary care, explored the potential for clinical computer systems to reduce rates of medication errors and have identified and developed interventions aimed at improving patient safety. He is part of a team of researchers who have evaluated the introduction of electronic health records in hospitals in the UK and the initial findings were published recently in the British Medical Journal.