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Mr Thomas Dobbs

Mr Thomas Dobbs

Clinical Lecturer, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606311

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Tom is an academic clinical lecturer in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is funded by the Welsh Clinical Academic Training (WCAT) Fellowship and is currently completing his registrar training at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastics. Tom completed his PhD in patients reported outcome measures (PROMs) for facial skin cancer, supervised by Professors Hayley Hutchings and Iain Whitaker. He has a passion for improving the clinical care that patients receive through the use of PROMs and big data to understand the patient voice and provide care and services that matter most to patients.   

Areas Of Expertise

  • Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  • Big data
  • Clinical trials
  • Skin Cancer
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Tom has had an active clinical teaching interest since medical school. He was Associate Clinical Tutor at the Queen’s College, Oxford and University Surgical Tutor at Oxford University Medical School. He is currently in the process of setting up a tutorial based clinical teaching programme for Swansea University medical students.  


His research interests span PROMs, big data and clinical trials and how these can be used to improve patient care. Tom is currently working on further validation of the FACE-Q skin cancer PROM which he studied during his PhD.  

Award Highlights

Tom has received over 25 awards since beginning medical school, including a Distinction in his BM BCh from Oxford University. More recently he has been awarded the Margaret Witt Scholarship for Clinical Excellence by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Jill and Herbert Hunt Travelling Fellowship which allowed him to visit collaborators at Harvard medical school and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA.  


Tom is a member of the ReconRegen research group at Swansea University and collaborates with both local and national/international researchers. Most of his research is done in collaboration with Professor Hayley Hutchings at the Swansea University trials unit, Professor Iain Whitaker and Professor Ronan Lyons of the SAIL databank. Nationally Tom has collaborated with Jeremy Rodrigues from Oxford University and researchers at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and MD Anderson in Texas.