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Biography

Professor Bob Steele did his initial surgical and academic training in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Aberdeen and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Nottingham in 1990.  He was then appointed Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee in 1996 and as Professor of Surgery and Head of the University Department of Surgery in 2003. 

His main interest is colorectal cancer and he is Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, having acted as clinical lead for the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom. 

He has chaired several QIS groups related to colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and chaired the SIGN group that developed the latest set of colorectal cancer guidelines.  He is currently a member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the editor of “The Surgeon”. 

He also chairs the Board of Directors of the Scottish Cancer Foundation.

Teaching

For 10 years, Professor Steele acted as Convenor for the Gastrointestinal Course of the Dundee University Undergraduate Curriculum.  He continues to take an active interest in undergraduate teaching, delivering lectures, tutorials and ward teaching.  He is also committed to post-graduate teaching in surgery, both on a day-to-day basis and as a Tutor on surgical skills courses.  He has supervised over 20 post-graduate students, working for PhDs or MDs and he is currently supervising 3 PhD and 2 MD students. 

Research

His initial research interests were in breast cancer and, working for Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, he developed the concept of auxiliary node sampling.  In Hong Kong, his interest shifted to upper gastrointestinal disease and he was instrumental in developing and introducing endoscopic haemostasis for bleeding peptic ulcer. 

In Nottingham, working for Professor Jack Hardcastle,  he became involved with the early trials of colorectal cancer screening and since then, colorectal cancer has remained his primary clinical and academic interest.  He has carried out work in surgery and radiotherapy for colorectal cancer and in the area of genetic and chromosomal abnormalities that underlie the disease.  His main research interest, however, is in colorectal cancer screening and he has published extensively in this area.

Keywords

  • RD Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Screening and Prevention

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Research Output 1979 2018

A Feasibility Study to Assess the Delivery of a Lifestyle Intervention (Treatwell) for Colorectal Cancer Patients Undergoing Potentially Curative Treatment.

Macleod, M., Steele, R. J. C., O’Carroll, R. E., Wells, M., Campbell, A., Sugden, J. A., Rodger, J., Stead, M., McKell, J. & Anderson, A. S. 6 Jun 2018 In : BMJ Open. 8, p. 1-11 11 p., e21117

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Feasibility Studies
Life Style
Colorectal Neoplasms
Exercise
Smoking

A feasibility study to assess the impact of a lifestyle intervention (‘LivingWELL’) in people having an assessment of their family history of colorectal or breast cancer

Anderson, A. S., Dunlop, J., Gallant, S., Macleod, M., Miedzybrodska, Z., Mutrie, N., O’Carroll, R. E., Stead, M., Steele, R. J. C., Taylor, R. S., Vinnicombe, S. & Berg, J. Feb 2018 In : BMJ Open. 8, p. 1-11 11 p., e019410

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Feasibility Studies
Life Style
Colorectal Neoplasms
Exercise
Breast Neoplasms
3 Citations

An evidence-based treatment algorithm for colorectal polyp cancers: results from the Scottish Screen-detected Polyp Cancer Study (SSPoCS)

Richards, C. H. , Ventham, N. T. , Mansouri, D. , Wilson, M. , Ramsay, G. , Mackay, C. D. , Parnaby, C. N. , Smith, D. , On, J. , Speake, D. , McFarlane, G. , Neo, Y. N. , Aitken, E. , Forrest, C. , Knight, K. , McKay, A. , Nair, H. , Mulholland, C. , Robertson, J. H. , Carey, F. A. & 2 others Steele, R. J. C. & on behalf of the Scottish Surgical Research Group Feb 2018 In : Gut. 67, 2, p. 299-306 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Polyps
Colorectal Neoplasms
Neoplasms
Residual Neoplasm
Therapeutics

Application of NICE guideline NG12 to the initial assessment of patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms: not FIT for purpose?

Quyn, A. J., Steele, R. J. C., Digby, J., Strachan, J. A., Mowat, C., McDonald, P. J., Carey, F. A., Godber, I. M., Ben Younes, H. & Fraser, C. G. 1 Jan 2018 In : Annals of Clinical Biochemistry. 55, 1, p. 69-76 8 p.

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National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Hemoglobins
Health
Guidelines
Confidence Intervals

Can the performance of a quantitative FIT-based colorectal cancer screening programme be enhanced by lowering the threshold and increasing the interval?

Digby, J., Fraser, C. G., Carey, F. A. & Steele, R. J. C. May 2018 In : Gut. 67, 5, p. 993-994 2 p.

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Activities 2002 2006

  • 4 Participation in conference

Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society

Steele, R. (Participant)
3 Jul 20066 Jul 2006

Activity: Participation in conference

184th Meeting of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Steele, R. (Participant)
2 Jul 20025 Jul 2002

Activity: Participation in conference

Thesis

An analysis of the utility of quantitative faecal immunochemical tests in screening and symptomatic populations

Author: Mcdonald, P. J., 2016

Supervisor: B. (Supervisor) & Bartlett, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Diagnosis of Colorectal Polyps Using Optical Projection Tomography

Author: Coats, M. V., 2016

Supervisor: B. (Supervisor), Carey, F. (Supervisor) & Wedden, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Evaluation of SELDI-TOF MS as a tool in colorectal cancer screening

Author: Henderson, N. A., 2014

Supervisor: B. (Supervisor) & McLellan, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine

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The impact of population based faecal occult blood screening on colorectal cancer

Author: Libby, G., 2014

Supervisor: B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

The relationship between faecal haemoglobin concentration and risk of significant colorectal neoplasia in screening and symptomatic populations.

Author: Digby, J., 2016

Supervisor: B. (Supervisor) & Fraser, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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