Phil Quirke

Phil QuirkeProfessor Phil Quirke BM, PhD, FRCPath, FMedSci, FRCSEd (ad hominem) is the Yorkshire Cancer Research Centenary Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds.

He leads the section of pathology and tumour biology and has a major research interest in Bowel cancer, molecular and digital pathology and postgraduate education. He leads a laboratory within the CRUK Microbiome Grand Challenge investigating the microbiome in colorectal cancer.

Phil’s major achievements have been:

  1. To identify the cause of local recurrence in rectal cancer and open up the way to minimise this occurrence.
  2. To show that simple observations of anatomy and cancer surgery and the specimens that are removed by surgeons can identify the quality of the operating surgeon and that educational interventions using excellent surgeons can improve outcomes in a number of countries.
  3. Pathology contributions to the CLASICC, CR07, ROLARR, FOCUS1-4, FOXTROT, TREC and many other clinical trials.
  4. Lead the pathology of the English Bowel Cancer Screening programme since 2006 and coordinated the Pathology chapter of the European guidelines on bowel cancer screening.
  5. Identifying variations in clinical practice and Interested in the use of big data to understand multidisciplinary team clinical results and improve outcomes.

He is an honorary fellow/member of six international surgical societies.