Dr Suzy Lishman

Consultant Histopathologist & Former President of Royal College of Pathologists


Dr Suzy Lishman CBE is a consultant histopathologist at Peterborough City Hospital and the immediate past president of the Royal College of Pathologists. She has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and gives regular talks to schools throughout the UK.
Suzy was educated at the Neale Wade Community College in March, Cambridgeshire, Girton College, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical School. After qualifying as a doctor she specialised in histopathology and has since developed an interest in colon cancer, cancer screening and improving the care of patients. As well as teaching medical students and doctors in training, Suzy holds a weekly ‘15 minute teaching’ session open to any member of hospital staff, debunking myths about health, disease and the role of pathology.
Suzy has won several awards for public engagement and has developed many events for schools, university students, and the general public. Her most popular event is the ‘Living Autopsy’, demonstrating the value and process of an autopsy using a living model and a bag of props. She has performed at numerous science and music festivals, been involved in several television programmes and written a book ‘A history of pathology in 50 objects’. She has given talks to schools on diverse subjects including her career and the challenges she has faced, the wide range of opportunities in health care and the crossover between science and art.
In addition to the day job, Suzy volunteers her time as a trustee of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, the Royal Veterinary College and the Association of Art History, chairs the scientific advisory board of Bowel Cancer UK and is a non-executive director of the Medical Protection Society.