Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies


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Research interests (short)

Cancer inequalities, early diagnosis, patient experience, supportive and palliative care and medical humanities.

Biographical details

Elizabeth qualified in Medicine at University College and Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine London in 1989, obtaining an MSc in Medical Sociology in 1986. She completed her PhD in 1998 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, Queen Mary College, London studying the quality of life for patients with malignant cerebral glioma and then developing clinical guidelines at the Research Unit of the Royal College of Physicians. After working at The Maudsley Hospital, Elizabeth trained in public health in South Thames between 1997 and 2001, becoming an honorary lecturer for Professor Irene Higginson. She moved formally to King’s College London in 2002 to co-edit WHO Guidance on Palliative Care, and then gained a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in 2003 to work at Harvard Medical School on the role of patient experienc surveys in quality improvement.

Elizabeth joined the Thames Cancer Registry at King's College London in 2004 to work as senior lecturer with Professor Henrik Møller. She was responsible for developing epidemiological and health services research using cancer registration and other data, liaising with primary care trusts and cancer networks in South East England to develop information for services, and for national and local groups. Her research informed cancer policy, particularly in the areas of decreasing inequalities in early diagnosis and access to palliative care and in improving patients' experiences of cancer care.

Elizabeth became Medical Director of the Registry in 2008 and Reader in Cancer and Public Health in 2009. In 2012 she took up the Directorship, leading the 60 Registry staff through the transfer in 2013 to Public Health England (PHE). There she became PHE Director of Knowledge and Intelligence for London and then developed a PHE research role. As Clinical Reader in Cancer and Public Health Elizabeth now leads the Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Group and heads the Centre for Cancer, Society & Public Health within the Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She works in collaboration with the National Disease Registration Service on cancer inequalities and molecular markers. She is also developing an interest in the role of creative writing in cancer care.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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