Steele, Bob

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1979 …2025

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Biography

Professor Bob Steele obtained 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 Academic Surgery in 2003.  His main interests are the treatment of and screening for colorectal cancer. Having led the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom, he is at present the Clinical Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, and has published extensively in this area. He has chaired several NHS QIS and HIS groups related to colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and he chaired the SIGN group that developed the latest set of colorectal cancer guidelines.  He is a past member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, past Chair of the Health Improvement, Protection and Services (HIPS) Research Committee of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist’s Office, and past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He is currently Editor of “The Surgeon”, co-founder and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Cancer Foundation. In 2016, he was appointed as Independent Chair of the UK National Screening Committee. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2018 he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

 

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 25 post-graduate students, working for PhDs or MDs. 

Research

His initial research interests were in breast cancer and, working for Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, he developed the concept of axilliary 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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Transition to quantitative faecal immunochemical testing from guaiac faecal occult blood testing in a fully rolled-out population-based national bowel screening programm

Clark, G. R. C., Strachan, J., Carey, F., Godfrey, T. G., Irvine, A., McPherson, A., Brand, J., Anderson, A. S., Fraser, C. & Steele, R. J. C., 31 Mar 2020, In : Gut. 8 p.

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    Aspirin as an adjuvant treatment for cancer: feasibility results from the Add-Aspirin randomised trial

    Add-Aspirin Trial Management Group, Joharatnam-Hogan, N., Cafferty, F., Hubner, R., Swinson, D., Sothi, S., Gupta, K., Falk, S., Patel, K., Warner, N., Kunene, V., Rowley, S., Khabra, K., Underwood, T., Jankowski, J., Bridgewater, J., Crossley, A., Henson, V., Berkman, L., Gilbert, D. & 25 others, Kynaston, H., Ring, A., Cameron, D., Din, F., Graham, J., Iveson, T., Adams, R., Thomas, A., Wilson, R., Pramesh, C. S., Langley, R., Burn, J., Campbell, S., Capaldi, L., Carse, Y., Gadgil, D., Goldman, A., Gupta, S., Leonard, G., MacKenzie, M., Parmar, M., Patrono, C., Petty, R., Rothwell, P. M. & Steele, R. J. C., 30 Aug 2019, In : The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 4, 11, p. 854-862 9 p.

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    Association of ten gastrointestinal and other medical conditions with positivity to faecal occult blood testing in routine screening: a large prospective study of women in England

    He, E., Alison, R., Blanks, R., Pirie, K., Reeves, G., Ward, R. L., Steele, R., Patnick, J., Canfell, K., Beral, V. & Green, J., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Epidemiology. 48, 2, p. 549-558 10 p.

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    Changes in prevalence of faecal occult blood positivity over time

    Goulding, A., Clark, G. R. C., Anderson, A. S., Strachan, J. A., Fraser, C. G. & Steele, R. J. C., Dec 2019, In : Journal of Medical Screening. 26, 4, p. 191-196 6 p.

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    Activities

    • 3 Participation in conference

    Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society

    Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
    3 Jul 20066 Jul 2006

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Newcastle Pathology 2005: 3rd Joint Meeting of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology and the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

    Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
    5 Jul 20058 Jul 2005

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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

    Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
    2 Jul 20025 Jul 2002

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    Thesis

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

    Author: Mcdonald, P. J., 2016

    Supervisor: Steele, R. (Supervisor) & Bartlett, W. (External person) (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: Steele, R. (Supervisor), Carey, F. (Supervisor) & Wedden, S. (External person) (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: Steele, R. (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: Steele, R. (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: Steele, R. (Supervisor) & Fraser, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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