Professor John Primrose


Professor John Primrose

John Primrose is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southampton, a post he has held since 1994. His main research interest is in the biology and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer. Clinically his service has been at the forefront of extending the scope of cancer surgery, especially for cancer affecting the liver. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator, Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and Member of Academia Europaea. He is the Chief Investigator of numerous clinical and translations trials in GI cancer, mainly funded from CRUK and NIHR, including BILCAP, the pivotal adjuvant trial in bile duct cancer. Surgery at Southampton is academically successful with several former academic trainees now assuming professorial positions and funding from CRUK, MRC and NIHR. John is a Past President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland representing the interests of surgeons nationally. He was the Director of the successful Wessex Comprehensive Research Network and chaired the National Cancer Institute Upper Gastrointestinal Clinical Studies Group. He chaired the recent NICE Guidelines Committee on Pancreas Cancer and currently Barrett’s Oesophagus. He has served on several funding committees including for CRUK and currently chairs Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) translational committee.

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