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Professor Malcolm WR Reed

Prof 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

PA: Susy Pettit
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 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 established 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. Professor Reed is currently Co-Chair of the Medical Schools Council and also the Chair of the Education Committee. He was recently an external examiner for the final year medical school exams at the University of Leeds and has previously held external examinerships at University College London, the University of Nottingham and the University of Kuwait.

Selected publications

Ward, S. E., Holmes, G. R., Morgan, J. L., Broggio, J. W., Collins, K., Richards, P. D., . . . Wyld, L. (2020). Bridging the age gap: A prognostic model that predicts survival and aids in primary treatment decisions for older women with oestrogen receptor-positive early breast cancer. British Journal of Surgery, 107(12), 1625-1632. doi:10.1002/bjs.11748

Morgan, J., Holmes, G., Martin, C., Ward, S., Walters, S., Cheung, K. L., . . . On behalf of the Bridging the Age Gap Trial Management Group. (2020). Quality of life outcomes following breast surgery in older women with operable breast cancer: Analysis of the bridging the age gap study. European Journal of Cancer, 138, S29-S30. doi:10.1016/S0959-8049(20)30598-0

Morgan, J., Holmes, G., Martin, C., Ward, S., Walters, S., Cheung, K. L., . . . Wyld, L. (2020). Variation in the rates of surgical treatment of older women with operable breast cancer between UK breast units: Analysis of the bridging the age gap study. European Journal of Cancer, 138, S29. doi:10.1016/S0959-8049(20)30597-9

Lim, M., Lee, M. H., White, O., Wyld, L., Morgan, J., Reed, M. W., . . . Ring, A. (2020). The age gap study: A prospective observational cohort study to determine the relationship between age, tumour stage and biology in older women with early breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 138, S122-S123. doi:10.1016/S0959-8049(20)30867-4

Morgan, J. L., George, J., Holmes, G., Martin, C., Reed, M. W. R., Ward, S., . . . Wyld, L. (2020). Breast cancer surgery in older women: Outcomes of the bridging age gap in breast cancer study. British Journal of Surgery, 107(11), 1468-1479. doi:10.1002/bjs.11617

Wyld, L., Reed, M., Collins, K., Ward, S., Holmes, G., Morgan, J., . . . Audisio, R. (2020). Impacts of omission of breast cancer surgery in older women with ER+ early breast cancer. A risk stratified analysis of survival and quality of life outcomes. European Journal of Cancer, 138, S6-S7. doi:10.1016/S0959-8049(20)30544-X

Wyld, L., Reed, M., Collins, K., Burton, M., Lifford, K., Edwards, A., . . . Brain, K. (2020). Cluster randomised trial to evaluate the clinical benefits of decision support interventions for older women with operable breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 138, S7. doi:10.1016/S0959-8049(20)30545-1

Todd, A., Martin, C., Morgan, J., Herbert, E., Bradburn, M., Burton, M., . . . Wyld, L. (2020). Age specific recruitment and retention to a large multicentre observational breast cancer trial in older women: The age gap trial. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2020.10.015

Martin, C., Shrestha, A., Morgan, J., Bradburn, M., Herbert, E., Burton, M., . . . Wyld, L. (2020). Treatment choices for older women with primary operable breast cancer and cognitive impairment: Results from a prospective, multicentre cohort study. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2020.12.006

Gomes, F., Lewis, A., Morris, R., Parks, R., Kalsi, T., Babic-Illamn, G., . . . Simcock, R. (2020). The care of older cancer patients in the united kingdom. Ecancer medical science, 14 doi:10.3332/ECANCER.2020.1101

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