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Professor of Clinical Education and Surgery, Keele University

Professor Robert Kirby was appointed at University Hospitals of North Midlands in 1991. His specialist interests include breast cancer and diseases of the breast, hernias, gastroenterology (including endoscopy/ colonoscopy). He is Professor of Clinical Education and Surgery and UHNM Hospital Dean for Keele University Medical School.​

Professor Robert Kirby qualified from Birmingham University in 1977. After training in London, Surrey and the West Midlands, he was appointed to University Hospital of North Staffordshire in 1991 as a General Surgeon. He has specialised in breast cancer surgery and, until recently, maintained a colorectal interest.

Rob has been Honorary Secretary and President of the West Midlands Surgical Society and President of the Keele (students) Surgical Society. He has been a member of BASO (British Association of Surgical Oncology) since becoming a Senior Registrar and was elected HonoraryTreasurer in 2013 . He was appointed as the BASO President Elect in 2015 and President in 2017.


  • –present
    Professor of Clinical Education and Surgery, Keele University