Martin CooperBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2230 (Published 20 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2230
- Trina Lake
Martin Cooper did his surgical training in London, Bristol, and Plymouth. He then spent a period of 18 months undertaking research into pancreatic and biliary disease at the University of Chicago. On returning to the UK, he was appointed a lecturer (senior registrar) at the University of Bristol and was promoted to senior lecturer (honorary consultant) in 1984.
In 1988 he was appointed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as a consultant general surgeon with an interest in upper gastrointestinal and breast disease. Having built up these services, he saw them grow into needing three and four consultants respectively as he stepped down from clinical work.
Martin was appointed clinical director of surgery in 1992, and in 1995 he led the successful process of cancer centre registration. He subsequently served as clinical director of cancer services until 2009. Regionally, he was the medical director of the Peninsula cancer w from 2000 to 2007. From 2009 until May 2013 he was joint medical director. He became full time medical director …