Dermot Burke


Associate Professor in Surgery


MB ChB (Manchester) 1986

FRCS (RCS England) 1990

PhD (London) 1999

Intercollegiate FRCS 1999

Consutant Surgeon at Leeds taching Hospitals since October 1999


  • Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
  • Academic sub-dean

Research interests

My research activity is clinically orientated and aims to translate data derived in the lab to the bedside. The team has recently been involved in studies on: lymphangiogeneisis in colorectal cancer; calcium channels in vascular endothelium; pre-operative testing of fitness for surgery in colorectal cancer

In the last 5 years we have had 6 students awarded an MD thesis (3 with commendation). We have had numerous papers published in peer reviewed journals. We have presented more than 50 papers at national and international meetings

I have developed and fostered links between the colorectal department and scientists within Leeds University - Professor Phil Quirke (Pathology), Professor David Beech (Molecular Physiology), Professor Pam Jones (Angiogenesis), Dr Simon Howell (Anaesthesia).


  • MB CHB
  • FRCS (Eng)
  • PhD (London)

Professional memberships

  • Association of Surgeons
  • Association of Coloproctology GB&I
  • Society of Academic Surgeons

Student education

I teach 2nd, 3rd and 5th year MB ChB students

I am a member of the Course Management Team for 3rd and 5th year MB ChB students

I am external Examiner on the MB ChB course at Queen Mary Univeristy Hospital

I am external Examiner on the MSc in Surgical Sciences course at University College London

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
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