1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

MAHSC Inaugural Lectures: Celebrating MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs – Professor Ed Smith and Professor Iain Lawrie


The MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs are awarded on an annual basis by The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Promotions Committee. They are awarded to individuals from across Greater Manchester who have made a major contribution to their clinical specialty, including excellence in research and education. There are now 86 MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs.

Join us in the series to celebrate MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs in Greater Manchester, hear their professional and personal journey, clinical and research areas, plans for the future and share your questions.

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Professor Ed Smith Biography

Ed graduated University of Oxford in 1996 and was a Junior Doctor in Oxford, Newcastle and various London teaching hospitals. He moved to Manchester in 1999, completing specialist training in Clinical Oncology at The Christie in 2007.

I specialise in the treatment of paediatric tumours. Interests include use of advanced radiation therapy (proton and XRT) to reduce side effects of treatment. Operational and research interest in the use of health informatics to support patient care and use of real-world clinical outcome data to improve the care of patients treated with proton therapy.

I led on development of the Proton Beam Therapy clinical service at The Christie which opened in 2018. The first high energy NHS proton treatment centre in the UK. I am currently the Clinical Director of the service. I also led on developing approaches to collect patient treatment and outcome data from patients treated with proton therapy and set up a Proton Clinical Outcomes Unit (PCOU) to realise the benefits of the data collected.

Professor Iain Lawrie Biography

I started life as a Physiotherapist before studying Medicine in Leicester, qualifying in 1997. I entered Palliative Medicine through the General Practice route (with a short period working in a Category B prison), now work mostly in secondary palliative care and have been both Lead Clinician and Director of Medical Education across a large five-site NHS Trust. I am passionate about provision of excellent end of life care in hospitals and in the community and, as Associate Hospital Dean for Communication Skills Teaching, have a significant interest in education of all staff groups in health and social care.

Between 2017 and 2021 I was Vice President and then President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland and am now approaching the end of my term as Charity Trustee, member of Council and Global Executive Trustee of the Royal College of Physicians. I sit on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Cancer Care, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and Introducing Palliative Care and also hold several voluntary specialist advisor roles for government, NHSE/I and social enterprises.

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