Zena Salih

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Zena Salih

Job title

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Email Address

of secretary/PA: l.sonariwo@nhs.net

Phone number

of secretary/PA: 0161 956 1669


MBChB (Glasgow 2009), MRCP (Glasgow 2012), MD (Manchester 2022)


Gynaecology, Gastrointestinal

Started at The Christie (Year)

2013, Consultant position taken up March 2021


  • Treatment of patients with early and advanced gynaecological cancers using chemotherapy, targeted therapies and immunotherapy.
  • Clinical lead of complex and recurrent gynae-oncology service (CAReGO) directing management of patients with Malignant Bowel Obstruction.
  • Co-investigator for gynaecological cancer clinical trials portfolio.
  • Medical examiner

Professional biography

Dr Salih graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2009. She completed her junior doctor training at hospitals across Glasgow and the North West, before commencing her specialist oncology training at The Christie in 2013.

In 2018, Dr Salih completed her oncology training and was successfully appointed to a clinical research fellowship position at Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. Here, she focused her laboratory research on blood-based biomarkers predictive of response to immunotherapy. Her work has been presented nationally and published in peer reviewed journals.

She was appointed as a Consultant Medical Oncologist in March 2021 and was awarded her research MD in 2022.

Dr Salih is the clinical lead for the CAReGO service, directing management of patients with advanced gynaecological cancer and disease related bowel obstruction that may require total parenteral nutrition. She also leads a programme of education and research in this field, striving for a clinically meaningful impact on patient outcomes and translational research.

Research Interest

Circulating biomarkers predictive of response to immunotherapy.

Malignant Bowel Obstruction and Total Parenteral Nutrition.

Educational Interests

Dr Salih has a keen interest in post graduate medical education and is interim co-training programme director for medical oncology in addition to her role as clinical and educational supervisor for postgraduate trainees at The Christie.