Dr Gerry Robertson has dedicated his career to cancer care and research. He is also one of our charity’s founding members; alongside Alan Kilpatrick and Ian Dickson, Gerry played a key role in the formation of the charity following the amalgamation of the Friends of the Beatson and the Beatson Oncology Centre Fund in 2014.
Gerry was Chairman and Treasurer of the Fund which was established in the early 1970’s. Its aim was to support research and clinical excellence, a commitment that continues to this day at Beatson Cancer Charity.
Gerry studied at Glasgow University: BSc 1967; Phd 1970; MB CHB 1975. He trained in clinical oncology at Glasgow and the Christie in Manchester, before finally specialising in the management of head and neck cancer and skin cancers. He was elected FRCR 1980 and FRCP (Glasgow) 1989.
During his career, Gerry was involved in developing total body Irradiation technique for patients undergoing marrow transplant in the 1980s. He introduced intensive modulated radiotherapy treatment for those with head and neck cancer in Glasgow in the 2000s. He also developed extensive research into the management of head and neck tumours, highlighting the potential harmful effect of breaks in radiotherapy treatment in the outcome of therapy.
Dr Robertson retired in 2010. As well as playing an active part in board responsibilities, he is also a very proud father and grandfather.