Burn, Professor Sir John

Professor Sir John BurnProfessor of Clinical Genetics

  • Professor of Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8759
  • GMC Code: 2311834
  • Qualifications: B Med Sci (Hon); MBBS; MD; FRCP; FRCPE; FRCPCH; FRCOG; FMed Sci
  • Special Interests

    Cancer Genetics

    Health Service Management

  • Biography

    Born and educated in north-east England

    1970-80: Medical training and postgraduate qualification in Medicine and Paediatrics

    1980-84: Senior Registrar in Clinical Genetics, Great Ormond Street, London

    1989-2001: Clinical Director, Northern Genetics Service

    1991 to date: Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University

    2017 to date: Chairman of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Directorate

    Trust Management

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    General/cancer at Institute of Genetic Medicine (2 weekly)

    General/cancer at Whitehaven (3 monthly)

  • Name of Secretary
    Anamda Waterfall (NUTH) / Amy McAllister (Genetics)
  • Any other Information

    Lead Clinician NHS North East

    Innovation chair Human Genomics Strategy Group

    Genetics lead, National Institute of Health Research

    Chief Investigator of the International Cancer Prevention Programme (CAPP)

    Director of the Collaborative Group on Genetics in Healthcare, NIHR CRN Genetics Speciality (Dept of Health)


    Co-Chair to the UK Rare Diseases Register and Genomics Databases Advisory Group (Dept of Health)


    Co-Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committee to the Human Variome Project and Executive Chairman/ Director/ Company Board Member of the non-for profit holding company, Global Variome Ltd (Newcastle, UK). HVP/GV is a recognised NGO of UNESCO.


    Co-chair to the BRCA Challenge of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)


    Chairman of QuantuMDx Group Ltd


    Medical Director of Northgene Ltd


    Specialist Adviser for the Genomics & genome-editing inquiry, Science and Technology Committee, House of Commons


    Member to Genomics England (Science Committee), DDD Project (Steering Committee), Transforming Genetic Medicine Initiative (Wellcome Trust Steering Committee), Health Education England (Sanger Centre Genomics Committee), Bowel Cancer UK and National Institute Cancer Research (Prevention Committee)

  • John Burn 
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