PROF. RAY POWLES CBE

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PROF. RAY POWLES CBE

Head of Haemato-Oncology,Cancer Centre London

Leukemia, Myeloma and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

Qualifications: MD BSc FRCP FRCPath CBE

Professor Ray Powles formed and ran one of the largest and most innovative blood cancer units worldwide at the Royal Marsden Hospital until 2003, where he was responsible for the first successful bone marrow transplant in Europe, undertaken in 1973. He was the first to use cyclosporine and acyclovir and reported the first autologous stem cell transplant for myeloma. For these and other developments, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire CBE by the Queen in 2003. He now runs a similar unit in the private sector at Cancer Centre London, where he is the lead clinician for the haemato-oncology and bone marrow transplant units.

On the academic side, Professor Powles has written 1,200 scientific papers, lectures regularly around the world, and is currently Chairman of the European Blood and Marrow Transplant (EBMT) Nuclear Accident Committee, which he formed after 9/11 and which has close links with U.S. emergency preparedness groups.