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Dr Gary Doherty

Consultant medical oncologist

I am a consultant medical oncologist and clinical lead for cancer at the East NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub.
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My current role

I am a medical oncologist treating patients with lung cancer (and other thoracic cancers) and brain tumours. 

I am also the clinical lead for cancer in the East NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub, the lead for the lung cancer and neuro-oncology research portfolios, and Principal/Chief Investigator for a number of clinical trials and translational research studies. 

I am the NIHR neuro-oncology subspecialty lead for the East of England and the national NIHR champion for brain tumours. 

My research aims to improve outcomes for patients with lung cancer and brain tumours using innovative precision medicines and immunotherapeutics.

Previous history

I studied medical sciences at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where I was a junior, senior and research scholar. I was then elected to the Henry Fellowship at Harvard University and returned to the University of Cambridge to complete my medical studies and a PhD in molecular biology at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. 

After completing my foundation programme junior doctor training in Belfast, I returned to Cambridge where I was first an academic clinical fellow in translational medicine and therapeutics, then clinical lecturer in oncology during which I completed my training in medical oncology. I was then a research fellow in early phase clinical trials, before taking up my current post as consultant in medical oncology, specialising in thoracic oncology and neuro-oncology, and clinical lead for cancer in the East NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub. This hub provides state of the art genomic sequencing for patients with cancer in the East Midlands and East of England.

Memberships and accreditations

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Fellow of Robinson College - University of Cambridge
  • Honorary Consultant Oncologist - Royal Papworth Hospital
  • NIHR national subspecialty champion for CNS Cancer
  • Co-lead - Minderoo Precision Brain Tumour Programme
  • Executive committee and steering group member - AACR Project GENIE
  • Member - NCRI brain metastases and meningioma CSG
  • Member - NHS England genomic test evaluation working group