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Professor John Primrose

Professor of Surgery

Research interests

  • Professor Primrose’s research is in gastrointestinal cancer, clinical and translational and Health Services Research. The focus is on improving outcomes for patients undergoing surgical treatment for cancer. This is being achieved through devising and undertaking large scale national and international trials. All the studies are associated with tissue collections with a view to the development of biomarkers which will have prognostic value and may also predict response to therapy.

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Professor John Primrose is Professor of Surgery within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Professor John Primrose is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southampton, a post he has held since 1994. He is one of the few surgeons to be the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. He trained in Glasgow and Leeds where he was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Surgery. His clinical interest is in cancer, particularly hepatobiliary (HPB) cancer and Southampton is a large tertiary referral centre for HPB disease. It is the largest laparoscopic HPB centre in the UK.

His research interest is gastrointestinal cancer, clinical and translational, principally liver and colorectal.  He is Chief Investigator of several major national and international clinical trials and has changed global practice in 3 critical areas.  He is highly published with an “H” factor of 50.

He currently Chairs Deutche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) Translational Funding Committee and serves on the MRC Clinical Training Board and the UKRI Future Leaders Panel.  Previously he was a member of numerous CRUK Committees and was Chair of the NCRI Upper GI Clinical Studies Group.

From 2007 to 2017 he was Director of the NIHR Hampshire and Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network promoting a research led NHS.  He was elected Vice President and then President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the principle membership organisation for surgeons in the British Isles.  He is (joint) Editor in Chief of the Oxford Textbook of General Surgery.  He holds Honorary Chairs at the University of Glasgow (his alma mater) and Emory University, Atlanta.