John Whiting has been a consultant Upper GI surgeon at University
Hospitals Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth since 2004. He
graduated from Manchester University in 1990 and undertook most of
his training in the West Midlands. His MD thesis was supported by a
Royal College of Surgeons grant and was on establishing the
relationship between programmed cell death and a class of enzymes
called matrix metallo-proteinases.
John is the lead clinician for Upper GI Surgery at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital and his main specialisation is in oesophageal
and gastric malignancies with a particular interest in developing
fully minimally invasive surgery for these cancers. He has spent
much time developing systems to allow collection of clinical and
outcome data with a particular focus on engaging clinicians by
ensuring that these systems are clinically useful. His pet hate is
poor quality data.
Outside of medicine he is a keen glider pilot having competed at
national level and spent many years as a gliding instructor.
Following the recent AGM and with the appointments to Officer
Positions on the committee, John Whitting has been elected as the
acting Hon. Treasurer.