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Professor Dion Morton Biography

 Dion is Barling Professor of Surgery and Head of the Academic Department of Surgery at the University of Birmingham.  He was given an honorary consultant appointment at the University Hospital Birmingham in 1996, and was appointed Professor of Surgery in 2006.

He is Director of the Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, and Director of the West Midlands Genomic Medical Centre.  Nationally he was Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2012-2019 and is past President of the Society for Academic and Research Surgery (2015-17).  Since 2017, he has been co-director of the newly established NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery.

Dion has had a central role in the development of research networks to improve surgical care. He helped establish UK wide trainee led surgical research networks in the UK. The success of these networks led to the development of a European network of surgeons investigating surgical treatment of bowel diseases.  This work has enabled and supported the development of a global research community in surgery extending across more than 100 countries and involving many thousands of surgeons.  The NIHR unit is establishing research hubs across the low and middle income countries to drive new research to improve surgical care across the global surgery network.

His primary research interests are clinical and translational research for colorectal cancer and the development of clinical trials in surgery.