Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology

Pre-Cancer Genomics

Sheila Fisher – Clinical Research Fellow

Contact Information

Dr Sheila E Fisher
Clinical Research Fellow
Section of Pre-Cancer Genomics
Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology
Wellcome Trust Brenner Building
St James’s University Hospital
LS9 7TF, Leeds
United Kingdom

tel: +44 (0) 113 2065627
email: s.e.fisher@leeds.ac.uk


Sheila Fisher is a part-time research fellow bringing clinical collaborative expertise to the group, having worked for many years as a surgeon and a clinical researcher in Head and Neck Cancer. Her second main interest is in the ethics of clinical research.


She commenced her clinical NHS Consultant career in maxillofacial & head and neck oncology surgery at the University Hospital/Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham in 1992, becoming Hon Senior Lecturer in Surgery in 1999. In 2000 she moved to an academic post as Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Maxillofacial Surgery in Leeds.

Her research interests focus on the patient experience of cancer therapy and this was the focus of her PhD ‘Assessment of Quality of life in Individual Patients with Head & Neck Cancer: Opinions and Preferences of Patients and Clinicians’. She is an active member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Group.

Her other roles associated with clinical research are Associate Director for Patient and Public Involvement at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)and Vice Chair of the Leeds (West) Research Ethics Committee. She was a member of the NCRI Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group from 2003-2010 and Chaired the Survivorship Sub-group from 2006-2010.

Selected recent publications

Book chapters:

Sheila E. Fisher, Andrew T Harris, Nitish Khanna and Josep Sule-Suso. Vibrational Spectroscopy:
What Does the Clinician Need? Chapter 1, pp1-28 in Biomedical Applications of Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy, Ed D. Moss 2010. Royal Society of Chemistry. ISBN: 978-1-84973-199-7
Mark J. Tobin, John M. Chalmers, Andrew T. Harris and Sheila E. Fisher. Head and Neck Cancer:
Observations from Synchrotron sourced Mid-infrared Spectroscopy Investigations. Chapter 10 pp291-314 in Biomedical Applications of Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy, Ed D. Moss 2010. Royal Society of Chemistry. ISBN: 978-1-84973-199-7


Newsham, A. C., Johnston, C., Hall, G., Leahy, M. G., Smith, A. B., Vikram, A., . . . Fisher, S. E. (2011, August). Development of an advanced database for clinical trials integrated with an electronic patient record system.. Comput Biol Med, 41(8), 575-586. link.
Kanatas, A. N., Fisher, S. E., Lowe, D., Ong, T. K., Mitchell, D. A., & Rogers, S. N. (2011, March). The configuration of clinics and the use of biopsy and photography in oral premalignancy: a survey of consultants of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 49(2), 99-105. link.
Harris, A. T., Garg, M., Yang, X. B., Fisher, S. E., Kirkham, J., Smith, D. A., . . . High, A. S. (2009). Raman spectroscopy and advanced mathematical modelling in the discrimination of human thyroid cell lines. Head Neck Oncol, 1, 38. link.
Harris, A. T., Lungari, A., Needham, C. J., Smith, S. L., Lones, M. A., Fisher, S. E., . . . High, A. S. (2009). Potential for Raman spectroscopy to provide cancer screening using a peripheral blood sample.. Head Neck Oncol, 1, 34. link.
Fisher, S., Wong, WL., Nutting, C., Dunn, J., MacLennan, K., MacCabe, C., . . . Mehanna, H. (2009). Advanced head and neck cancer: is there a role for fluorodeoxyglucose PET/computed tomography? Nuclear Medicine Communications, 30(1), 2-4. link.
Fisher, S. E., Donnelly, A. M., Vikram, A., Newsharn, A. C., Johnston, C., Smith, A. B., . . . Velikova, G. (2009, March). PROs in Head and Neck Cancer: Patients’ Views on Questionnaires and Consultation Priorities and Content. PSYCHO-ONCOL, 18(3), 325.

Presentation NCRI conference 2011:
Rachel Moser, Jodi Baxter, David Cameron, Matt Cooper, Sheila Fisher, Karen Poole, Leigh Oates, Peter Selby, Chris Nutting, Matt Seymour. Growth in Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Research in the NCRN and NCRI: Expanding opportunities for patients across the UK. NCRI National Conference November 2011. link.

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