Thomson, David

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David Thomson

Job title

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Email Address

Phone number

0161 446 3361




Head and neck clinical oncology

Started at The Christie (Year)



  • Head and neck clinical oncology; treating patients with intensity-modulated radiotherapy, proton beam therapy, chemotherapy, biological and immunotherapies. 
  • Clinical Director of the Greater Manchester Head and Neck Cancer Pathway Board

Professional biography

Dr Thomson qualified from Oxford in 2004, with a First Class honours degree. He was awarded a Doctor of Medicine (MD) research degree from Manchester in 2015, with clinical research in proton therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Distinction (Edge Hill, 2014). Dr Thomson was appointed Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Christie (2015) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester, specialising in head and neck cancer.

As the Head and Neck Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester Cancer, Dr Thomson is passionate about improving the survival outcomes and long-term quality of life for patients. He is Chief Investigator for the UK phase 3 NIMRAD trial (hypoxia modification using nimorazole with radiotherapy for head and neck cancer) and Chief Investigator for the UK phase 3 TORPEdO trial (proton beam therapy to reduce side effects for oropharyngeal cancer). Dr Thomson is a member of the National Proton Panel and was clinical lead for NHSE policy development for proton beam therapy in head and neck cancer. He is also clinical lead for development and implementation of electronic patient reported outcomes in head and neck cancer at The Christie.

Research Interest

Advanced radiotherapy technologies and adaptation; proton beam therapy; salivary gland cancers; tumour hypoxia modification; clinical trials

Educational Interests

Postgraduate medical education; radiotherapy quality assurance


The Christie Private Care

Dr. Thomson also practises privately at The Christie Private Care