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Mr David Anthony Rew MA MB MChir (Cantab) FRCS (London) QVRM VRSM TD

Consultant General Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery

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Mr David Rew is a Honorary Senior Lecturer and Consultant General Surgeon within the faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

The University of Southampton creates an open and welcoming cross-disciplinary environment, within which I can test and develop cutting edge digital concepts and strategies with engaging, interested and supportive professional academic colleagues at all levels of career progression

For the past decade, I have led a unique programme in digital transformation, data visualisation and cancer data systems at University Hospital Southampton.

Our solution informs the global search for an efficient and unifying electronic patient record for health professionals, for clinical researchers and for all citizens, and it creates new opportunities in many public sector and commercial applications.

As a consultant surgeon in full time NHS professional practice, I have a broad range of academic and educational interests which contribute to the work and reputation of the University of Southampton.

As the international Subject Chair for Medicine of the Content Selection and Advisory Board of the SCOPUS Citation System since 2009, I make a significant contribution to securing quality standards and ethics in global academic publishing.

One rewarding highlight of my SCOPUS role has been my contribution to the internationalisation of academic output from the STEM communities of Russia and the Cyrillic language states.

As a member of the Territorial, Regular and Army Reserve from 1975 to 2018, my contributory work in developing and delivering complex trauma care in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan was recognised in HM the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015.

I am an Innovation and Thought Leader in the NHS and UHS Digital Exemplar Programmes. My influential and original work in creating, developing and delivering transformative enhancements to the electronic patient record programme and its research elements has been recognised though international consultancies.

In 2017, I was appointed to membership of the Strategic Advisory Team for Healthcare Technologies of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


MB BChir, Medical Sciences, University of Cambridge 1981
MA, University of Cambridge 1982
FRCS, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1985
MChir, Master of Surgery, University of Cambridge, 1991
TD, Territorial Decoration, Services to the Crown, 1994
VRSM, Voluntary Reserve Service Medal, Services to the Crown, 2007
QVRM, Queen’s Voluntary Reserve Medal,  Services to the Crown, 2015
+ operational service medals for the Gulf (1991), Iraq (2003) and Helmand, Afghanistan (2008)

Key Professional and Academic Posts

Cancer Research Campaign Fellow, Southampton, 1989-1991

Senior Lecturer in Surgery, University of Leicester, 1994-1999

Consultant General Surgeon, Southampton Hospitals, 1999 - >

National Secretary, Association for Cancer Surgery, 2000-2002

Editor in Chief, European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 2002 -2009

Member of Council, international Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), 2008-2010

Subject Chair for Medicine, SCOPUS CSAB, 2009 – present

Director of Communications, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, 2012 – 2016

Member, HealthCare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team of the UK EPSRC, 2017 - >

Visiting Professor, Southampton Solent University, 2017+

Research interests

Between 1988 and 1999, at the Universities of Southampton and Leicester, my primary research interests were in the applications of multi-parametric flow and laser scanning cytometry to the near-clinical study of human cancer biology. This work included the quantitative measurement of the rates of human tumour cell proliferation in vivo, and the uptake of fluorochromatic anti-cancer drugs into cancer cells.

Between 2000 and 2009, I was primarily involved in matters related to the advancement and delivery of complex trauma care, as one of a specialist cadre of NHS army reservists whose collective work in Iraq and Afghanistan had a major bearing on the creation of the modern NHS Trauma  System.

Since 2009, I have led a small and highly creative IT team at UHS in a globally unique digital transformation programme for the end user and research optimisation of clinical information. Outr two products to date include:

  • UHS Lifelines, which creates a radical and highly intuitive timeline structures and iconographic format for the Electronic Patient Record, and which has been adopted as a central element in the UHS EPR
  • The comprehensive UHS Breast Cancer Data System, which contains some 18,000 timeline structured patient records for clinical research and clinical service enhancement on a daily basis.

Since 2009, I have also had a significant influence  on quality assurance in global academic publishing, through my leading work on the SCOPUS Content Advisory Board.

In 2011, I introduced the policy which ensured that every academic journal worldwide would publish a clear policy on Publication Ethics and Counter-Malpractice.

Using bespoke digital systems, I continue to contribute to the development and implementation of this programme.

Research group

Cancer Sciences

I work closely with teams in the Faculty of Electronics and Computer Sciences (ECS) of University of Southampton.

I was appointed to the Strategic Advisory Board of the Uuniversity of Southampton Web Science Institute in 2018.

I undertake a wide range of clinical teaching and examination commitments for undergraduates in the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Southampton

Mr David Anthony Rew
Surgical Unit, Princess Anne Hospital, Coxford Road, Southampton
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