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Gynaecological Surgeon

Professor Martin Widschwendter


University College Hospital

Clinical Specialisation

Gynaecological cancer

Specialist Training

Innsbruck, Austria

Clinical activities and interests/research

I am a Professor in Women's Cancer and a Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon at the University College London (UCL). I am the Head of the Women’s Cancer Department and direct the North London Breast Cancer Partnership and the lead of the ESGO European Network for Translational Research. In 2001, having completed my training in Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Austria, I worked at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Los Angeles (USA) and spent three years as the lead clinician and surgeon of a large breast cancer centre before embarking on a career at UCL/UCLH from 2005 where I undertook a sub-speciality training in gynaecological oncology. As part of the Institute for Women's Health at UCL, I have established a research group focusing on the role of early detection, risk prediction and prevention of breast and gynaecological cancers. My group was the first who reported that genes which are reversibly suppressed in stem cells become irreversibly suppressed in cancer by means of DNA methylation and have the potential to diagnose cancer.  I am an author on more than 120 papers, contributed to numerous text books and got substantial grant income in the last ten years and have lectured widely on my research and clinical experience in the UK and abroad. In my clinical work as a consultant gynaecological oncology surgeon, my particular interest is in complex radical laparoscopic surgery.