Rew, Mr David Anthony

QVRM, TD, MA, MB MChir (Cambridge), FRCS (London)

Rew, Mr David (surgery) photo


General surgery


Breast and endocrine surgery

Training and education

  • Open exhibition - Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 1975 to 1978
  • King's College Hospital - 1978 to 1982
  • BA - University of Cambridge, 1978
  • MB BChir - University of Cambridge, 1981
  • FRCS (fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England) - 1985
  • MChir (master of surgery) - University of Cambridge, 1991
  • Basic surgical training at teaching and district general hospitals in London and Wessex, including Northwick Park Hospital (for Sir Christopher Booth), King’s College Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital, St James' Hospital Balham, St George's Hospital Tooting, Portsmouth and Poole hospitals - 1982 to 1989
  • Cancer Research campaign fellow - Southampton (Professor Irving Taylor), 1989 to 1991
  • Higher surgical training - University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and partner hospitals, 1991-1994


Mr Rew is a broadly trained consultant in general, endoscopic and trauma surgery. He now specialises in hernia surgery and disorders of the breast and endocrine system (glands that produce hormones to regulate functions like mood, growth and sexual function). He’s a senior and active member of breast and endocrine multidisciplinary teams in Southampton.

Before joining the Trust, Mr Rew was a senior lecturer in surgery and honorary consultant surgeon for Sir Peter Bell at the University Hospitals of Leicester (1994-1999). In 1999, he became a consultant here at UHS and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton. He’s been a serving member of the Territorial Army, Army Reserve and Defence Medical Services Reserve since 1975. He served in the Gulf in 1991 and 2003 and in Helmand, Afghanistan in 2008.

Mr Rew has experience in the surgical treatment of more than 1000 thyroid/parathyroid cases in adults and children. He’s treated more than 2,500 breast cancer patients and more than 1000 hernia patients. The most common conditions he diagnoses and treats are:

  • breast disorders in men and women
  • thyroid disease in adults and children, including Graves' disease (a condition that causes the body to produce too much thyroid hormone), cervical and retrosternal goitres (enlarged thyroids), and thyroid cancer
  • parathyroid disease in adults and children
  • hernias
  • soft tissue and skin abnormalities.

Key achievements

National level

Mr Rew has helped to develop modern surgical practice across the UK. From 2000 to 2002, he was national secretary of the BASO - Association of Cancer Surgery. He was the executive director of communications for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland from 2012 to 2016.

In 2016, Mr Rew was appointed to the nationally important strategic healthcare advisory panel of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The Council distributes £800 million annually for engineering research.

Mr Rew is also a member of the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS), and the British Association for Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS).

International level

Mr Rew has made significant contributions to academic publication and higher education internationally. He was editor in chief of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) from 2003 to 2009. From 2008 to 2010, he was also on the board of the internationally influential Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Since 2009, he’s been the subject chair for medicine on the international Content Advisory Board for SCOPUS, a database of abstracts and citations from academic papers. SCOPUS data is used to develop the UK national Research Excellence Framework process. Mr Rew has played an important role in introducing a process for raising ethical standards in the world's peer reviewed academic literature.

Mr Rew is a regular lecturer at surgical conferences in India.

Awards and prizes

  • Cancer Research Campaign Fellowship - 1989 to 1999
  • Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England - 1992
  • Ronald Raven Prize winner - BASO, 1991
  • John of Aderne Prize - Association for Coloproctology, 1992
  • Territorial Decoration (TD) - 1994
  • Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) - 2007
  • Queen's Volunteer Reserve Medal (QVRM), awarded in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2015


Mr Rew has a wide range of research interests in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. His specialist interest in this field is laser cytometry, a technology that’s used in the study of cancer biology.

He was awarded his MChir degree in 1991 from the University of Cambridge for his thesis and work on 'the in vivo proliferation kinetics of human solid tumours'.

Mr Rew has some cited papers in peer reviewed literature, as cited in PubMed. He also writes widely on surgical topics, including the work of the Defence Medical Services, in non-cited publications. The second edition of his 1400 page e-book Blood, Heat and Dust was published by ASGBI Publications in 2015. The book chronicles the work of the Defence Medical Services and the transformation in trauma care in Iraq from 2003 to 2009.

Mr Rew is interested in the research and development of systems that help us to visualise clinical data. He’s been involved in the NHS’s digital transformation programme, for which UHS is an information technology centre of excellence.

He also leads the breast and endocrine charity fund as a charity champion for the Southampton Hospital Charity. The money that is donated goes towards facilities across the UHS breast and endocrine services. It also supports breast cancer research in partnership with the University of Southampton.


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