Professor Russell Petty

Prof Russell Petty

I came to Dundee in 1990 as a medical student and after graduating in 1996 worked in Ninewells as a junior doctor before going on to complete my specialist training in Medical Oncology in Newcastle, Aberdeen, Australia, and New Zealand.

I returned to Ninewells Hospital and School of Medicine in 2015 as Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Dundee and a Consultant Medical Oncologist in Tayside Cancer Centre. It is fantastic to be back in Dundee and in Ninewells Medical School where an exciting and vibrant environment exists to support research and innovation to ensure we are able to develop and offer the best and very latest cancer treatments as quickly as possible to our patients.

My research focusses on understanding why oesophageal and stomach cancers are resistant to treatments and precision cancer medicine which aims to personalise and optimise cancer treatment for each patient to provide the best chance of success.  

I lead a programme of cancer clinical trials and laboratory of research in Dundee. I have been able to progress treatment opportunities for cancer patients in a number government and professional advisory roles including to the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientist in Scotland, The Scottish Parliament, National Cancer Research Institute, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, European Society of Medical Oncology and the International Gastric Cancer Association.

I am honoured to be able to work with  the Ninewells Cancer Campaign in their aim to make a difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer, and help ensure the treatment they receive is the best it can be, and by supporting research impact cancer patients locally and across the world as well.