His main interests are the treatment of and screening for colorectal cancer. Having led the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom, he is at present the Clinical Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, and has published extensively in this area.
He has chaired several NHS QIS and HIS groups related to colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and he chaired the SIGN group that developed the latest set of colorectal cancer guidelines.
He is a past member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and current Editor of “The Surgeon”. He is co-founder and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, Chair of the Health Improvement, Protection and Services (HIPS) Research Committee of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist’s Office, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Cancer Foundation and is a past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
In 2016, he was appointed as Independent Chair of the UK National Screening Committee.
Peer Reviewed Publications: 257, H index: 66, i10-index 212