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State of the Art 2020


Professor Rob George MA MD FRCP FRCGP Hon

Rob trained in chest and general medicine, but developed an interest in 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 University College London Hospitals and its community from 1987 to 2003, which pioneered needs-based palliative care beyond diagnosis.

He has sat on Royal College of Physicians working parties reporting on aspects of palliative and end of life care, Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness and their Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine. He was elected onto the RCP Council this year. He handed on Presidency of the Association for Palliative Medicine in 2017.

He advises Government on ethical and practical aspects of end of life care, including as an independent clinical advisor to the ‘More Care, Less Pathway’ review led by Lady Neuberger. He is a regular contributor to the British Media on Medical ethics, death and dying.

Whilst he has an international reputation as a clinical innovator and thinker, he remains a full-time clinician as Medical Director at St Christopher’s Hospice, and continues with some NHS sessions at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He is a passionate cyclist, foodie, wine bibber and wears a monocle. His children and most of his grandchildren have given medicine a wide birth.