Job title: Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Telephone number: 01772 522984
Primary medical qualification: MB ChB University of Manchester
Other qualifications: MRCP, FRCR
Year of registration: 1998
GMC number: 4535861
Career history: I graduated from the University of Manchester in 1998. After general medical training within the North West and Yorkshire, I completed my specialist oncology training in Yorkshire (Cookridge Hospital and St James Institute of Oncology, Leeds). I spent a year as a Clinical Research Fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, where my research focused on technical radiotherapy for breast and gynaecological cancers, including IMRT and brachytherapy.
I moved to Lancashire, and my current post, in 2009.
I currently treat patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and treat patients from Preston/Chorley, East Lancashire, Blackpool and the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay as part of the regional anal cancer service. I also treat patients with breast cancer from Morecambe Bay.
Specialist areas: Colorectal cancer, anal cancer, breast cancer
Specialist interests: Development of technical radiotherapy for pelvic cancers and for breast cancer; multidisciplinary management of anal cancer
Research interests: Colorectal and anal cancer treatment (particularly relating to radiotherapy), breast cancer radiotherapy
Clinics: Royal Preston Hospital, Furness General Hospital
Languages spoken: English
Shortlisted for Clinical Research Rising Star of the Year
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that a member of our staff has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for her great work in research and innovation.
Deborah Williamson, Consultant Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted in the category of Clinical Research Rising Star of the Year in the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.
Deborah Williamson has worked at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals for nine years as a consultant. Deborah said: “I am passionate that we all need to show an interest and become involved in research. I am delighted to be part of the colorectal team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, who are motivated to involve patients in surgical as well as oncology trials. This has been key to our success in improving research awareness and recruitment to trials amongst our patients. I am so happy to have been nominated for this award.”
Deborah was nominated by her colleague, Alison Birtle, Consultant Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Alison said: “I am so pleased that Deborah has been shortlisted for this award which is an accolade to the work that she does on a daily basis. Research should never be an optional extra - every patient should have the opportunity of being considered for a trial appropriate to their medical condition as that is the way we improve the treatment for them and for the patients of the future. Deborah truly deserves to win this award for her hard work and commitment to research.”
Research is extremely important to us at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to enable us to offer our patients and their families the high quality care they deserve. Our NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility was opened officially last year. The facility, based at Royal Preston Hospital, is one of only 23 NIHR clinical research facilities in the country.
The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards celebrate the excellent work being undertaken across the region in clinical research and innovation in healthcare. More specifically, the awards aim to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation have an impact on patient care.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 8th March at Preston North End Football Club.