Gerry Polton, the renowned cancer specialist, has been appointed as the new hospital director at North Downs Specialist Referrals

Gerry, who joined North Downs in 2008, has been clinical director at the hospital since 2012. 

He has published scientific literature and lectured across the world on a range of cancer subjects including lymphoma, mast cell tumours, lung tumours, insulin-producing tumours and novel anti-cancer therapies.

He also chairs and participates in a number of European oncology research projects and has a particular interest in collaborative clinical research. 

Gerry said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this role, working alongside an incredibly talented and committed team.

“NDSR has achieved so much over the years, not only with cutting-edge treatments and procedures, but also with the implementation of an innovative new nursing structure, an industry-leading internship programme and being among the first veterinary hospitals to achieve a Green iiE award, to name just a few.

Talking about his main aims for the new role, Gerry said: “I want to create opportunities for our amazing team to develop into leadership roles, giving more autonomy to individual services and improving communication between services and management.

“From a care quality perspective, we always want to improve, and I look forward to harnessing innovative ideas and tools that might lead to better outcomes for pets and their families.

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