He undertook his preclinical medical school training at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University (1989-1992) before moving on to Oxford University for clinical training (1992-1995). Mark then moved to London for his junior doctor and specialist oncology training at St Mary’s, University College, Charing Cross and Mount Vernon Hospitals. He received a Doctorate of Medicine from Oxford University for research into predicting response to chemotherapy in breast cancer and was awarded the Frank Doyle Medal for the highest mark in the Royal College of Radiologists oncology fellowship exams.
Mark was appointed as a consultant in oncology at University Hospital Bristol in 2006, moving his NHS practice to Royal United Hospital Bath in 2011. He is active in clinical research at a national level, being principal investigator on many trials and an active member of the National Cancer Research Institute Breast Cancer Clinical Studies Group since 2010. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bristol University and Visiting Researcher at Bath University and has been awarded grants for local clinical trials. He is particularly interested in methods for early assessment of benefit from treatment.
Mark has advised NICE on the adoption and appraisal of new chemotherapy drugs, is a committee member of the British Uro-oncology Group and the Penny Brohn complimentary therapy centre. He is also a member of Innovators in Breast Cancer and Action for Bladder Cancer groups. He has personally authored over 50 scientific journal articles, conference posters and textbook chapters.