COSA's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting, 13 - 15 November 2018 Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Mr John Edwards

John is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in Sheffield, United Kingdom, covering the 1.8m population of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. He qualified from the University of Birmingham and has undertaken training in Bristol, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and the United States.

He has a major research interest in mesothelioma, covering basic science research as well as surgical and oncological management. He was awarded a PhD in Oncology from the University of Leicester for basic science and clinical studies into mesothelioma, under the supervision of Ken O’Byrne. He is committed to trials of surgery for mesothelioma and receives referrals from all parts of the UK. He regularly performs Extended Pleurectomy/Decortication and VATS Partial Pleurectomy. He is passionate about the access of patients and carers to appropriate information and advice about treatment choices.

In addition to several mesothelioma projects, he is a grant holder for studies into quality of life in patients with early stage lung cancer, chest wall pain, chest drain systems, empyema and pulmonary metastases.

He is an enthusiast for the use of video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in all forms of thoracic surgery and has adopted Uniportal VATS as his routine approach for anatomical lung resection.

John has published many articles related to mesothelioma, lung cancer and thoracic surgery in general and presented on these topics as an invited speaker all over the world. Committee memberships include: International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Staging and Prognostic Factors Committee (Chair, R Factor Sub-Committee); EORTC Lung Cancer Group (Chair, Early Stage-Surgery); NCRI Lung Cancer Clinical Study Group, the NCRI Mesothelioma Sub-Group and the NICE Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Group. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Thoracic Oncology Group and member of the Board of Directors of the Chest Wall Injury Society.

He is an avid sailor in the International Moth class and owns a state of the art foiler as well as a classic lowrider, amongst a fleet of other sailing dinghies. He skippers a team at the front end of the annual National Health Service Regatta, but overall victory still eludes him and the hospital team.