Peter DawsonPeter Dawson is ESCP's Colorectal Disease Journal Representative and sits on the Communications Committee as well as the Executive. He is Consultant Surgeon and Medical Director at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London, UK.

Current position and hospital: Consultant Surgeon and Medical Director Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London UK

ESCP Executive position: Journal Representative of Communications Committee

Main clinical and research interests: Colorectal cancer and cytokine biology of cancer cells.

What made you want to specialise in colorectal surgery?

The challenges of major cancer surgery and earlier diagnosis. Also the human side of helping patients come to terms with their disease and hopefully curing them.

What is the best part of the job?

The patients – they never fail to amaze you!

What do you value most about being involved in ESCP?

I’ve been involved with ESCP for over ten years now and I truly value being able to interact with my colleagues across Europe.

Tell us your best ESCP conference anecdote?

It would have to be sitting in a downpour at Pompeii!

What would your one bit of advice for younger surgeons starting their career in colorectal surgery be?

I would advise finding an inspirational teacher.


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