Anthony (Tony) Redmond qualified in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 1975 where he also completed his postgraduate training. After qualifying in internal medicine and completing an MD research thesis he trained in Emergency Medicine. He was appointed Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester and subsequently Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester. In 1983 he was one of four founding members of the Emergency Medicine Research Society in the UK, which was later absorbed into the new Faculty of Accident and Emergency Medicine. In 1995 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Keele and Emeritus Professor in 1999. He was founding Editor of Archives of Emergency Medicine, which evolved ultimately into the Emergency Medicine Journal in 2000.
His early research interests were in prehospital care and resuscitation. He founded the South Manchester Accident Rescue Team (SMART) in 1987, a BASICS pre hospital medical team, funded by public donation. It continues to provide medical support to the emergency services in South Manchester. In Stockport he established one of the first paramedic training programmes in the UK, expanding it into Greater Manchester to become at one time the largest such programme in the UK.
He is a founder member of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and part of the original working parties that produced the early national resuscitation guidelines and recommendations for Resuscitation Training officers etc.
His interest in disaster management began with the earthquake in Armenia and he has since responded to a range of humanitarian crises including earthquakes, active volcano, refugee camps, plane crashes, conflict and war, and in many countries, including the UK, Kurdistan, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Cape Verde, Kosovo, Kenya, Iran, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Uganda, China and Haiti.
In 1994 he established UK-Med www.uk-med.org an NGO that provides international emergency humanitarian medical assistance and which now hosts the UK International Emergency Trauma Register. UKIETR is a national resource funded by the UK government that draws together clinicians to form a national surgical/emergency response to large scale sudden onset natural disasters. It also coordinates and runs national training courses for this work. He is Chair of the Foreign Medical Teams Working Group at WHO Geneva.
He is currently Professor of International Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester and Lead for Global Health at the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre. He co-founded the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester (www.hcri.ac.uk). This is a joint venture between the Faculties of Medicine and Humanities and researches into the background to and consequence of humanitarian crises. The HCRI runs Masters programmes in humanitarianism and conflict studies, international disaster management and a bachelors programme in global health.
At the Medical School he leads on Global Health education and has established a module in Emergency Humanitarian Assistance as part of a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Humanitarianism and Conflict Studies.
He has published widely in the field of emergency and disaster medicine and is the editor of the ABC of Conflict and Disaster Medicine (BMJ Books).
He was appointed to the Soviet Order for Personal Courage in 1989 for his work in the Armenian earthquake and Officer of the Order of the British Empire for humanitarian assistance to the former Yugoslavia in 1994.
In 2010 he received the Humanitarian Award from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine and in 2011 UK Med received the Excellence in Disaster Management Award from the World Association for Disaster Medicine.