Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer




+44 (0)20 8235 4266huw.thomas




St Marks HospitalNorthwick Park and St Marks Site





Professor Thomas studied at Trinity College Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College graduating in 1982. He trained at The London, Royal Free, St Mark's and St Mary's Hospitals. He was a Clinical Research Fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and wrote his PhD thesis on 'Molecular analysis of the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli gene region'. In 1994 he was appointed consultant physician and gastroenterologist at St Mary's and senior lecturer in the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Colorectal Cancer Unit at St Mark's. In 2007 he was appointed chair of gastrointestinal genetics at Imperial. 

He heads the family cancer group at St Mark's which is now part of the CRUK Cancer Centre at Imperial. The aims of the group are to define the inherited predispositions to colorectal cancer and refine the management of familial risk.

His principal research interests are in the fields of: 

Assessment of familial risk of colorectal cancer

Modification of familial risk by genetic testing

Colonoscopic surveillance for familial risk of colorectal cancer

Molecular genetic studies in familial colorectal cancer

Chemoprevention studies in familial colorectal cancer

He has long-standing collaborative research projects  with Professor Peter Sasieni (Department of Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics, QMUL), Professor Ian Tomlinson (Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford), Professor Sir John Burn (University of Newcastle) and Professor Hans Vasen (Netherlands Foundation for the Prevention of Inherited Tumours).

He is on the staff of King Edward VII Hospital (Sister Agnes) and is Head of HM Medical Household and Physician to the Queen.



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