Dr Daniel Meron

Chief Medical Officer

Exec Lead

Daniel.Meron@solent.nhs.uk

My role

I am the Chief Medical Officer in Solent NHS Trust, as well as the deputy Medical Director for University Hospitals Southampton and a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry in Southampton General Hospital.

My background

I graduated from Southampton medical school and trained in general adult psychiatry with the Wessex deanery. I went back to the University of Southampton to do a higher degree (Doctor of Medicine DM) and focused my research on treatments of anxiety with mindfulness and with brain stimulation (tDCS). Clinical work is really important for me, and I have never stopped working clinically since graduating from medical school. 

Why I love my job

I absolutely LOVE my job, because it is a perfect combination of clinical work, leadership, research, and improvement. Working with wonderful people, doing interesting stuff, and generally having a good time.

More about me

I am married to a primary school teacher; we were both scuba diving instructors when we met many years ago on a beach far, far away. We have two girls, two dogs, and two cats. I’m seriously into meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi. Used to be a professional scuba diver and still am a really awful kite surfer.

Current projects/research studies

My research continues to be with the same group that adopted me when I was a medical student (thanks Prof Baldwin and his merry gang). The group is active in the field of mood and anxiety disorders. We do research into mindfulness and brain stimulation with tDCS.

Published work

Kingston J, Chadwick P, Meron D, Skinner TC. A pilot randomized control trial investigating the effect of mindfulness practice on pain tolerance, psychological well-being, and physiological activity. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2007;62(3):297-300. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.10.007.
• Ben Ainsworth, Eddershaw R, Meron D, Baldwin DS, Garner M. The effect of focused attention and open monitoring meditation on attention network function in healthy volunteers. Psychiatry Research 2013;210(3):1226-1231. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2013.09.002.
• Meron D, Hedger N, Garner M, Baldwin DS. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in the treatment of depression: Systematic review and meta-analysis of efficacy and tolerability. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 57 (2015) 46-62. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.012
• Ben Ainsworth, Marshall JE, Meron D, et al. Evaluating psychological interventions in a novel experimental human model of anxiety. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2015;63(C):117-122. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.02.001.
• Baldwin D, Meron D, Tiwari N. U02-01 - Update on pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders: Where is the greatest room for improvement? European Psychiatry. 2011;26:2182. doi:10.1016/S0924-9338(11)73885-8.
• McIntyre R, Meron D. C.02.01 What is recovery in depression? – The debate. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013;23:S631. doi:10.1016/S0924-977X(13)71001-0.
• Baldwin DS, Brandish EK, Meron D. The overlap of obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia and its treatment. CNS Spect. 2008;13(9 Suppl 14):47-53.
• Ainsworth B, Marshall J, Miler JA, Meron D, Baldwin DS, Garner M. Using 7.5% CO2 challenge to evaluate novel psychological treatments for anxiety. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014;24:S66-S67. doi:10.1016/S0924-977X(14)70074-4.
• Miler JA, Meron D, Garner M, Baldwin DS. The effect of prefrontal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on attention network function in healthy humans. 2014;24:S82. doi:10.1016/S0924-977X(14)70092-6.
• Miler, J. A., Meron, D., Baldwin, D. S. and Garner, M. (2017), The Effect of Prefrontal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Attention Network Function in Healthy Volunteers. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. doi:10.1111/ner.12629