Professor Rob George
Consultant Physician Palliative Care, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, Honorary Professor of Palliative Care, King’s College London
Rob trained in Chest & General Medicine, but developed a passion for the young dying during his doctorate research in chronic respiratory failure and adult cystic fibrosis. Triggered by the HIV epidemic in the 1980s, he established and led the Palliative Care Centre at UCL Hospitals and its community from 1987 – 2003, which pioneered needs-based palliative care beyond diagnosis.
He was Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care for London from 2009-13; led on cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the National End of Life Care Programme, advises Government on ethical and practical aspects of End of Life Care, the latest of which is as independent clinical advisor to the “More Care, Less Pathway’ Review led by Lady Neuberger, and sits on various ethics committees. He is Vice-President of the Association for Palliative Medicine in 2013 and anticipates a busy Presidency with the media over the next 4 years.
He is a clinical academic, rather than researcher and before gaining his professorship at the Cicely Saunders Institute, he was Senior Lecturer in Ethics at UCL.
His overarching academic interests are to understand the nature of suffering across different cultures and the complexities that this introduces to care and service delivery. He has over a hundred publications ranging across medical ethics, law and care modelling. Whilst he has an international reputation as a clinical innovator and thinker, he remains a full-time clinician working between Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and its integrated local community palliative care service in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.