Academic departments

Academic departments

The Trust's academic departments have outstanding performance in leading research that answers key questions for patient care regionally, nationally and globally and will work to ensure researchers across the breadth of professions are supported. The academic departments have established excellence in many ways including the quality of their publications, the amount of research funding raised and the number of staff involved in research. Joint work between the Trust and the University of Exeter continues as a key factor in the work of the academic departments with many of the departments being co-led by University and NHS employed staff. 

The academic departments and their leads are:

  • Abdominal Wall and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery –  Dr John Findlay and Dr David Sanders
  • Blood Sciences – Professor Tim McDonald
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology – Professor Angus Jones
  • Emergency Medicine – Professor Andrew Appelboam
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology – Professor Tariq Ahmad & Dr Nick Kennedy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery – Professor Neil Smart
  • Healthcare for Older People – Professors Martin James and David Strain
  • Molecular Genetics – Professor Emma Baple
  • Renal Medicine – Professor Richard Oram
  • Respiratory Medicine – Professor Michael Gibbons
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics – Professor Andrew Toms

Adrian Harris, the Royal Devon Chief Medical Officer and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health, said:

Research continues to be a key component of the Trust's strategy underpinning excellence in clinical care delivery and supporting the recruitment and retention of high calibre staff of all professions. Research provides early access to cutting edge treatments and technology helping to sustain our position as a leading Teaching Hospital and making our services across the breadth of our organisation more sustainable’’.

Last updated: May 24, 2024.


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