Paul Ryan qualified in medicine from Glasgow University in 1979 and after initially working in several hospital posts across the city started as a General Practitioner (GP) in a North East Glasgow medical practice in 1983. The practice, where he continues to work, is part of the Deep End Group of 100 most deprived practices in Scotland.
As a Clinical Director for the Health Board for 11 years he also performed the role of Deputy Responsible Officer for Primary Care, with a specific remit for governance and was a member of Scottish Association of Medical Directors.
He has been a past Chairman of Glasgow Local Medical Committee and served on the Scottish General Practitioners Committee.
Paul is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of General Practitioners. In the past he was also Chair of the West of Scotland Faculty of Royal College of General Practitioners and has served on both Scottish and UK Councils.