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Professor Malcolm WR Reed

Malcolm Reed

Professor Malcolm WR Reed (MD, BMedSci, MBCHB, FRCS)

Dean and Professor of Surgical Oncology
T: +44 (0)1273 877575
Location: BSMS Teaching Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PX

EA: Esme Acton-Stewart
T: +44 (0)1273 877575

Areas of expertise: Surgical oncology; breast cancer
Research areas: Management of breast cancer in older women; treatment choices for women with breast cancer


Professor Reed attended school in Birmingham and subsequently qualified in medicine from the University of Sheffield in 1981. He then underwent surgical training in Birmingham, Derby and Bristol before moving to the University of Louisville in the United States to undertake a research MD. He returned to Sheffield and undertook higher surgical training before becoming appointed a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 1992. He was then appointed to the Foundation Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sheffield, taking up the post in 2000. Subsequent roles included Head of Academic Surgery and Head of the University Department of Oncology.

Professor Reed was appointed Dean of Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2014. He spends one day a week in clinical work, and the rest of his time in his role as Dean. 


Professor Reed took an undergraduate intercalated degree in pathology, investigating hormone receptor expression in breast cancer. This experience – along with his period of laboratory-based research investigating angiogenesis in breast cancer – inspired him to pursue a career as a clinical academic.

After establishing a micro-circulation research laboratory in Sheffield as well as a large study exploring genomic factors in breast cancer susceptibility, he has more recently set up a programme of clinical research investigating the wide variations in the surgical treatment of breast cancer. Most recently his work has focused on the treatment of older women with breast cancer and is currently funded by an NIHR programme grant for which he is co-principal investigator.

Professor Reed’s career research funding exceeds £3m and he has ongoing involvement in a large number of multi-centre national trials investigating the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, including studies in breast screening (the age extension trial and low risk DCIS, Loris trial) along with studies investigating surgical treatment (for example the POSNOC trial, in which he is a co-investigator).


Over the past 15 years Professor Reed has developed an increasing role in teaching, focusing on assessment in the undergraduate medical school curriculum. He led assessment at the University of Sheffield's School of Medicine, a role that encompassed a complete revision of the assessment programme in 2003, along with subsequent further revisions to ensure that the assessment programme was both fit for purpose and compliant with best practice.

Professor Reed is currently a member of the Medical Schools Council and an external examiner for the final year medical school exams at the University of Leeds. He has previous held external examinerships at University College London, the University of Nottingham and the University of Kuwait.

Selected publications

Morgan J, Collins K, Robinson T, Cheung K, Audisio R, Reed M et al. Healthcare professionals' preferences for surgery or primary endocrine therapy to treat older women with operable breast cancer. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO). 2015;41(9):1234-1242.

Morgan J, Collins K, Robinson T, Cheung K, Audisio R, Reed M et al. Healthcare professionals' preferences for surgery or primary endocrine therapy to treat older women with operable breast cancer. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO). 2015;41(9):1234-1242.

Stotter A, Reed M, Gray L, Moore N, Robinson T. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and predicted 3-year survival in treatment planning for frail patients with early breast cancer. British Journal of Surgery. 2015;102(5):525-533.

Burton M, Collins K, Lifford K, Brain K, Wyld L, Caldon L et al. The information and decision support needs of older women (>75 yrs) facing treatment choices for breast cancer: a qualitative study. Psycho-Oncology. 2014;24(8):878-884.

Morgan J, Reed M, Wyld L. Primary endocrine therapy as a treatment for older women with operable breast cancer – A comparison of randomised controlled trial and cohort study findings. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO). 2014;40(6):676-684.

Critchley A, Thompson A, Chan H, Reed M. Current Controversies in Breast Cancer Surgery. Clinical Oncology. 2013;25(2):101-108.

Sivell S, Edwards A, Manstead A, Reed M, Caldon L, Collins K et al. Increasing readiness to decide and strengthening behavioral intentions: Evaluating the impact of a web-based patient decision aid for breast cancer treatment options (BresDex: Patient Education and Counseling. 2012;88(2):209-217.

Goyal A, Wu J, Chandran V, Reed M. Outcome after autologous dermal sling-assisted immediate breast reconstruction. British Journal of Surgery. 2011;98(9):1267-1272.

Caldon L, Collins K, Wilde D, Ahmedzai S, Noble T, Stotter A et al. Why do hospital mastectomy rates vary? Differences in the decision-making experiences of women with breast cancer. Br J Cancer. 2011;104(10):1551-1557.