Patrick Sissons

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 03 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5880
  1. Penny Warren

Gifted clinical scientist and academic strategist

The image (Professor Sir Patrick Sissons) is copyright University of Cambridge

The burgeoning world class Cambridge biomedical campus owes a huge debt to the acumen, strategic thinking, and drive of one of its most gifted clinical scientists, Professor Sir Patrick Sissons.

In 1987 Sissons, a distinguished virologist, was working at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. He was persuaded to move to East Anglia to become a professor of medicine when his former mentor Keith Peters was appointed Cambridge University’s Regius professor of physic. It was an inspired appointment. Together Peters and Sissons expanded the faculty of clinical medicine and gave it a world class research base. They attracted the best clinical scientists of the day, including John Sinclair, Stephen O’Rahilly, and Leszek Borysiewicz (then Sissons’s student, now the university’s vice chancellor).

In 2005 Keith Peters’s term as Regius professor of physic ended and Sissons took over. During his seven years Sisson helped consolidate Cambridge’s position as a leading centre of medical research. One of his many achievements was to …

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