Professor Tim Underwood
Tim Underwood is Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Head of Cancer Sciences Academic Unit at the University of Southampton, UK. He trained in London and the Wessex region before completing a PhD in Molecular Biology and taking up an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in Surgery in 2008. In 2011, he was awarded a UK Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship and in the same year, he
won the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Prize
and Gold Medal for outstanding performance in the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations (General Surgery). He became a Cancer Research UK & Royal College of Surgeons of England Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow in April 2017.Professor Underwood leads a program of research studying the role of the tumour microenvironment in cancer development and progression with a particular interest
in oesophageal cancer and tumour ecology. His team focuses on understanding the clinical and molecular determinants of response to therapy and the development of new treatments that target the tumour microenvironment, including immunotherapy. Professor Underwood
is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Upper
GI Clinical Studies Group. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Oesophageal Cancer Clinical and Molecular Stratification
(OCCAMS) consortium, a UK-wide collaboration that is defining the genetic landscape of oesophageal adenocarcinoma, including a new molecular classification. He is co-leading the development of a national molecular MDT for oesophageal cancer in the Oelixir program. Professor Underwood works nationally on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of England as Specialty Lead for oesophageal cancer. He is part of
the NHS England Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Surgery Service Review working group. Internationally, Professor Underwood is co-leading a project to integrate biological parameters into the AJCC (TNM) staging system for oesophageal cancer for the first time. Professor Underwood has developed a portfolio of activities to raise public awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal cancer with the goal of early diagnosis, including numerous radio and TV appearances. He is a past Chairman of the Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign and a trustee of Heartburn Cancer UK.
Professor Russell White
Dr Russ White was born in the Belgian Congo to medical missionary parents. He attended Roberts Wesleyan College, the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He completed a general surgical residency at Brown University and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England. He has served as the chief of surgery at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya since 1997 where he spends the majority of his time. Dr White is a clinical professor of surgery at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He was instrumental in initiating the Tenwek Hospital General Surgery Residency program in 2007 and was the program director from 2007 until 2018. He is also the chairman of the Education and Scientific Research Committee for the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA); responsible for training, examination and certification of surgeons in fourteen different countries in the region. In 2018, he began directing the first cardiothoracic surgical fellowship training center in the COSECSA region at Tenwek Hospital. Dr White received the American College of Surgeons Humanitarian Surgeon of the Year award in 2012; he was awarded the L’Chaim Prize for medical missions and was honored as the Surgeon of the Year by the Kenya Surgical Society in 2017. He is currently directing the efforts to build a state-of-the-art cardiothoracic center at Tenwek Hospital. His passion is for teaching and mentoring young surgeons and he has special interests in cancer of the esophagus and rheumatic heart disease; he has published extensively in these areas.