Imperial College London

Dr David L Phelps

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Honorary Clinical Lecturer



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Institute of Reproductive and Developmental BiologyHammersmith Campus





David Phelps is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London and Gynaecological Oncology Sub-Specialty Fellow at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Hammersmith Hospital. After completing undergraduate studies in Biology, David went on to complete his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (BM) at the University of Southampton. Since gaining his national training number in Obstetrics and Gynaecology he has completed his post graduate membership examinations and has been a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) since 2014. He was awarded his PhD from Imperial College in 2018 and is currently finishing his sub-specialist surgical training to become a consultant in gynaecological-oncology.

David joined Imperial College in 2014 as a Cancer Research UK funded Clinical Research Fellow to undertake his PhD research, under the supervision of Professor Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami and Professor Bob Brown. David's research focuses on personalised medicine and the discovery of clinical, epigenetic and phospholipid biomarkers that have the potential to personalise surgical care in patients with ovarian cancer. His collaboration with Professor Zoltan Takats enabled him to trial the use of the Surgical Intelligent Knife (iKnife) in gynae-oncology patients. David's iKnife results have been well received, with him presenting at local, national and international conferences. His research has been recognised by awards including the Herbert Reiss Trainees Prize, Blair-Bell research competition prize and RCOG World Congress prize.    



Ahmed-Salim Y, Saso S, Meehan H, et al., 2021, A novel application of calcium electroporation to cutaneous manifestations of gynaecological cancer, European Journal of Gynecological Oncology, Vol:42, ISSN:0392-2936, Pages:662-672

Ahmed-Salim Y, Galazis N, Bracewell-Milnes T, et al., 2021, The application of metabolomics in ovarian cancer management: a systematic review, International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, Vol:31, ISSN:1048-891X, Pages:754-774

Phelps DL, Saso S, Ghaem-Maghami S, 2020, Is ovarian cancer surgery stuck in the dark ages?: a commentary piece reviewing surgical technologies, British Journal of Cancer, Vol:123, ISSN:0007-0920, Pages:1471-1473

Phelps DL, Saso S, Ghaem-Maghami S, 2020, Analysis of worldwide surgical outcomes in COVID-19-infected patients: a gynecological oncology perspective, Future Science Oa, Vol:6, ISSN:2056-5623, Pages:1-8

Phelps DL, Balog J, Gildea LF, et al., 2018, The surgical intelligent knife distinguishes normal, borderline and malignant gynaecological tissues using rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometry (REIMS), British Journal of Cancer, Vol:118, ISSN:0007-0920, Pages:1349-1358

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