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Dr Nick Plowman is the senior oncologist at St Bartholomew's Hospital London. In his career he has changed best standard management in breast cancer, prostate cancer, ano-rectal cancer (aromatase inhibitors, adrenosuppression, and chemoradiotherapy respectively). His current interests include radiation therapy developments (new focal and proton beam) and modern genomics.

Specialties and sub-specialties

Oncology

technologies

Professional profile

Dr Plowman is the senior physician and oncologist at St Bartholomew's Hospital London. During his career he has introduced aromatase inhibitors into breast cancer treatment (the most important innovation in breast cancer in the last forty years) and introduced adrenosuppresive glucocorticoid therapy into advanced prostate cancer (now best standard practice worldwide). 

He was the principal investigator (oncology) on the trial that showed that many patients with anorectal cancer can be cured without surgery that involves colostomy (by chemo-radiotherapy). His laboratory research into DNA repair has led to the discovery of two new syndromes. The relevance of DNA repair faults in cancer genesis and progression is now a much researched avenue of oncology and Dr Plowman advises two genetics companies at present with particular regard to new personalised therapies. 

Dr Plowman has wide experience in radiation seed brachytherapy for early prostate cancer and has introduced this, for selected patients wishing to avoid surgery, to The London Clinic in 2020. 

Clinical interests

  • Genomic profiling and personalised oncology treatments
  • New radiation therapy techniques

Current posts

  • Consultant Clinical Oncologist
    St Bartholomew's Hospital (and Hospital for Sick Children)

Current teaching posts

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
    St Bartholomew's Hospital
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
    St Mark's Hospital

Awards and accolades

  • Rontgen Prize 
  • UICC Roll of Honour

Medical training

Year qualified 1976
  • Cambridge University
  • Guy's Hospital

Languages spoken

Arabic

Personal interests

Dr Plowman has three children, one of whom will graduate in medicine in 2022. His main hobbies are golf, tennis and skiing. He enjoys music, opera and fine wine.