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Dr Elizabeth Davies

Clinical Reader in Cancer and Public Health

Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Population Health

Biography

Elizabeth is an academic public health physician with research interests in cancer inequalities, patient experience, supportive and palliative care and medical humanities. Current work includes the first study of cancer in English prisons (funded by NIHR), national analyses of how patients' experiences of care might be linked to clinical outcomes and of the epidemiology and care of people with brain tumours. She leads the Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Research Group and heads the Centre for Cancer, Society & Public Health within the School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Previously she held a research role within Public Health England and was London Director of Knowledge and Intelligence. 

Elizabeth qualified in Medicine at University College and Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine London in 1989, obtaining an MSc in Medical Sociology in 1986. She completed her PhD in 1998 at Queen Mary College, Westfield studying the quality of life for patients with malignant cerebral glioma and then developing clinical guidelines at the Research Unit of the Royal College of Physicians. After working at The Maudsley Hospital, Elizabeth trained in public health in South Thames between 1997 and 2001, becoming an honorary lecturer for Professor Irene Higginson. She moved formally to King’s College London in 2002 to co-edit World Health Organisation Guidance on Palliative Care, and gained a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in 2003 to work at Harvard Medical School to study the use of patient experience survey data with Professor Paul Cleary.

Elizabeth joined the Thames Cancer Registry at King's in 2004 to work as senior lecturer with Professor Henrik Møller. She was responsible for developing epidemiological and health services research using cancer registration and other data, liaising with primary care trusts and cancer networks in South East England to develop information for services, and contributed to national and local policy groups. Elizabeth became Medical Director in 2008 and Reader in Cancer and Public Health in 2009. In 2012 she took up the Directorship, leading the 60 Thames Cancer Registry staff through the transfer in 2013 to Public Health England (PHE). 

    Research

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    Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Research

    The Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Research group study inequalities in the early detection, diagnosis, experience of care and outcomes for people with cancer.

    News

    Recognising women's experiences is key to understanding inequalities in breast cancer screening uptake

    A new editorial explores the wide array of reasons why women who migrate to a new country are less likely to attend screening for breast cancer than women...

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    Researchers review impact of pre-existing mental health disorders on received cancer treatment

    A new systematic review from scientists at King’s explores the disparities in cancer treatment for people with and without pre-existing mental health...

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    Research suggests cancer care systems need to be more patient-centred

    The review collected and analysed 54 studies from the UK, USA, and Canada. The findings highlight numerous factors that were linked with worse patient...

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    Ethnicity could play a role in surviving brain tumours, study finds

    White British people who have been diagnosed with a malignant primary brain tumour appear to be more likely to die within one year than patients from at least...

    brain imaging

    Being assigned a clinical nurse specialist is associated with better experiences of cancer care, research finds

    Cancer patients assigned a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) are more likely to report better care experiences across several important aspects of the cancer...

    clinical nurse specialist

    New research examines cancer care in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 pandemic

    An international collaboration of cancer experts have outlined how Saudi Arabia have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, recommending several prevention and...

    COVID-19 and cancer

      Research

      aerial thumbnail
      Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Research

      The Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Research group study inequalities in the early detection, diagnosis, experience of care and outcomes for people with cancer.

      News

      Recognising women's experiences is key to understanding inequalities in breast cancer screening uptake

      A new editorial explores the wide array of reasons why women who migrate to a new country are less likely to attend screening for breast cancer than women...

      780x440 breast cancer_promo

      Researchers review impact of pre-existing mental health disorders on received cancer treatment

      A new systematic review from scientists at King’s explores the disparities in cancer treatment for people with and without pre-existing mental health...

      cancer treatment mental health 780x450

      Research suggests cancer care systems need to be more patient-centred

      The review collected and analysed 54 studies from the UK, USA, and Canada. The findings highlight numerous factors that were linked with worse patient...

      cancer care personable 780x450

      Ethnicity could play a role in surviving brain tumours, study finds

      White British people who have been diagnosed with a malignant primary brain tumour appear to be more likely to die within one year than patients from at least...

      brain imaging

      Being assigned a clinical nurse specialist is associated with better experiences of cancer care, research finds

      Cancer patients assigned a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) are more likely to report better care experiences across several important aspects of the cancer...

      clinical nurse specialist

      New research examines cancer care in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 pandemic

      An international collaboration of cancer experts have outlined how Saudi Arabia have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, recommending several prevention and...

      COVID-19 and cancer