Keele professor appointed President of the Association of Cancer Surgery


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Robert Kirby
Posted on 06 December 2017

Keele University’s Robert Kirby, Professor of Clinical Education and Surgery, and Dean of the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM), has been appointed President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO).

BASO ~ The Association for Cancer Surgery speaks as an umbrella organisation for surgical professionals treating people with malignant diseases. It is a forum for surgical research and training for the benefit of patients with cancer.

Professor Kirby moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1986, and was appointed as a Consultant General Surgeon to the North Staffordshire Hospital in 1991 and as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Keele in the same year. His main clinical interest is in breast cancer and colorectal disease, and he was the first Director of Admissions for Keele University’s Medical School. He was also the Undergraduate Academic Director of Surgery, and was appointed Hospital Dean of UHNM in 2009.

Professor Kirby commented: “It is a great honour to be elected President of BASO. As an organisation we work towards improving surgical cancer care in the UK, and being hugely involved at the highest levels is a great opportunity. I am also planning our next November meeting already, with both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the National Cancer Research Institute.”


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