Professor B W Hancock
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Oncology
Professor Barry Hancock, Professor of Clinical Oncology and Honorary Consultant Physician and Oncologist, retired from the University of Sheffield at the end of July 2009 after 35 years service to the University of Sheffield.
Professor Hancock studied Medicine at the University of Sheffield, qualifying top of his year in 1969 gaining distinctions and prizes in twelve subjects. He was appointed to Sheffield's first Chair in Oncology in 1988. Professor Hancock has been Chairman of the NCRI Renal Clinical Studies Group, President of the International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Disease, and Director of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Over the course of his career Professor Hancock has received a number of distinguished awards in recognition of his contribution in his field. In the Queen´s 2009 New Years Honours list he was awarded an OBE for services to medicine, and in 2008 he was presented with a British Oncological Association Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Annual Conference.
Professor Hancock received a Centenary Medal for outstanding achievement from the University of Sheffield and has been hailed a Local Community Hero for health and lifetime achievement by the Sheffield Star.
Professor Hancock has made an enormous contribution to cancer research and improvement of patient care. He established a clinical academic research centre at Weston Park Hospital which is now internationally recognised.
Throughout his career, Professor Hancock has provided outstanding oncology training in Sheffield, ensuring that his contribution to medicine endures. His positive, diplomatic, patient centred, and people based approach has made him one of the medical school´s most popular and respected members of staff. His wisdom will be greatly missed.
In retirement he is continuing with several national chairmanships and with various clinical, research and teaching interests.