Neil Ryan


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Neil is the RCOG Subspecialty Trainee in Gynaecology Oncology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and a CSO/NES Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to this he completed basic training in Ear Nose and Throat Surgery. He was awarded a personal MRC fellowship to undertake a PhD at the University of Manchester (UoM) which he completed in 2020. His thesis was supervised by Professors Crosbie and Evans.


His PhD led to a change in NICE guidelines relating to the testing of womb cancer along with numerous publications, presentations, invited lectures and awards.


Neil's work was recognised by a President's Doctorial Scholarship and awarded the UoM's highest postgraduate award: The President's Medal. Neil was recently awarded the William Blair Bell Lecture by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Furthermore, Neil won the Herbert Reiss Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine.


Neil has been invited to sit on several national and international committees including the RCOG's Genetics Task Force, The British Gynaecological Cancers Society's guideline subcommittee, The European Hereditary Cancer Group, Lynch Syndrome UK's Clinical Advisory group and the Royal Society of Medicine's Obstetrics and Gynaecological committee.  


Neil is currently pursuing a career in academic gynaecology oncology and is seeking to explore ways to improve the care of women with gynaecological cancer by improving personalised treatments and identifying those at increased risk of cancer. He is currently applying for national grants to undertake this work.


Neil is an active member of the Army Reserves holding the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine , Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Manchester

Award Date: 20 Sept 2021

Education , Postgraduate Diploma, University of Bristol

Award Date: 20 Nov 2011

Medicine , Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Bristol

Award Date: 20 Oct 2010

Bioethics , Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

Award Date: 20 Jun 2006


  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • RD Surgery
  • R Medicine (General)


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