Stuart McIntosh is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgical Oncology at Queen’s University in Belfast, and consultant breast surgeon at Belfast City Hospital. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1993, completing general surgical training in the North-East of Scotland, moving to Belfast in 2009, and to an academic position in 2015.
He is an experienced breast cancer clinical trialist, having contributed to numerous trials in early breast cancer, with a particular emphasis on neoadjuvant, peri-surgical and treatment de-escalation studies. He is the Chief Investigator for the UK HTA-funded SMALL trial, a national phase III multicentre study comparing standard surgery with vacuum-assisted excision for the treatment of small screen-detected breast cancers. His translational research interests include breast cancer risk, genetic predisposition and mechanisms of tumourigenesis, and the DNA damage immune response in breast cancer.
As a member of the both the UK National Cancer Research Institute Breast Clinical Studies Group and the NCRI Strategic Advisory Group he has an excellent overview of the portfolio of clinical and translational breast cancer research in the UK. In his role as the Royal College of Surgeons Breast Surgical Specialty Lead, he is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of breast cancer trials nationally, with a specific emphasis on surgical studies. Stuart is also Clinical Director for the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network, responsible for overseeing delivery of cancer clinical research across the five cancer hospitals in Northern Ireland.