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Professor Dame Janet Husband


Professor of Radiology, London Professor Dame Janet Husband is Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the Institute of Cancer Research, and at Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and Surrey and was the first female President of the Royal College of Radiologists from 2004-2007. Janet was educated at Headington School in Oxford but did not apply to Oxford or Cambridge to study medicine.

Janet believed that a Collegiate University setting would have provided her with a wonderful opportunity to develop a broad and wide education experience. She regards this as one of her biggest mistakes and has learned that it is vitally important to gather as much information as possible about potential opportunities and challenges before making a major life changing decision. After qualifying from Guy’s Hospital and completing her house jobs there, she worked as a General Practitioner while raising her children. In a change of career thereafter, she became the first woman to train part-time in radiology. Janet began her early research on the prototype of the world’s first CT body scanner at Northwick Park Hospital in 1976 and was then appointed to the Royal Marsden as a Research Fellow, focusing on cross-sectional cancer imaging. She was appointed Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Marsden in 1980 and awarded a personal Chair as Head of the Academic Department of Radiology in 1996. Janet is best known nationally and internationally for her pioneering work on the development of imaging, both CT and MRI, in cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital. She has published over two hundred scientific papers and books and has lectured extensively throughout the world. She is co-Editor of the twovolume textbook: Imaging in Oncology, now in its third edition. The first edition was the 1998 winner of the Royal Society’s award for the Multi-Author Textbook of the Year. She served as Medical Director of the Royal Marsden Hospital from 2003-2006, was President of the British Institute of Radiology from 2003-2004 and was President of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) from 2004-2007. During her term of office, she was elected Vice-Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. She is most proud of the research she has undertaken, which has been at the forefront of developing imaging as a pivotal tool in the management of cancer, and of being elected the first female President of the RCR. Janet has held many national roles including the specially appointed Commissioner to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chair of the National Research Institute in the UK and was a NonExecutive Director of Nuada Medical Group. She was also a Member of the Co-operation and Competition Panel for NHS funded services. Among her many achievements, and together with Professor Rodney Reznek, she founded the International Cancer Imaging Society and was elected its first President. Janet has received numerous awards including Honorary Membership of the

Royal Belgian Radiological Society, the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Radiological Society of North America. She was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Hong Kong College of Radiologists, the Academy of Medicine of Singapore, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She received the Gold Medal of European Association and Congress of Radiology in 2006 and of the RCR in 2009. Currently, Janet holds Non-Executive appointments at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Spire Healthcare plc. At Spire Healthcare plc she is Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Clinical Governance and Safety Committee, which oversees the quality of care and development of the group’s clinical services in thirty-eight hospitals across the UK. In 2002, Janet was appointed OBE in recognition of her contribution to cancer imaging, and in 2007, she was honoured with a DBE in recognition of services to medicine. Janet is married and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, who is a retired paediatrician. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. * Favourite Book: Pigling Bland by Beatrix Potter * Three objects Janet cannot live without: My pearls, iPhone, Mary Berry’s Complete Cookery book

Janet’s advice to junior doctors is “Ensure that any post you apply for is one you will find exciting and will stretch you to achieve the very best of your potential.”


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