With wide-ranging clinical experience and interests, Dr Rob Ross-Russell has played a key role in the Board of Trustees over the last decade and was for a time the sole medical trustee.
“The Evelyn Trust receives a large number of bids for funding that focus on very complicated, ground-breaking medical research proposals and I hope I’ve been able to help the trustees to digest the advice coming from the very eminent members of our Medical Advisory Committee. This has helped to inform rigorous debates that have supported our decisions on how grant funding should be allocated. I’ve been really impressed by the quality and depth of the trustees’ discussions and by their commitment to funding the very best and brightest ideas. I enjoy my role enormously and I’ve great respect for the attention paid by the Board to the detail of evaluation and outcomes,” explains Rob.
Rob trained at Cambridge University before moving to London to train in paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal Brompton, St George’s Hospital and Kings. He moved to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 1992 as a consultant in paediatric intensive care.
In the last few years Rob has focused more on respiratory medicine and currently has a predominantly respiratory practice, supporting the regional service for the East of England. His team treat young patients with a range of conditions from cystic fibrosis to complex asthma.
For the last 16 years, Rob has also been director of studies in medicine at Peterhouse, the oldest college in the University of Cambridge, where he interviews prospective students, arranges teaching for medical students and supervises in physiology. He is an active member of the European Respiratory Society, the British Paediatric Respiratory group and the European Academy of Paediatrics.
“I’m interested in how we can develop and standardise the teaching of paediatrics across Europe – we’re working on developing examinations in paediatrics that are pan-European, so that doctors can practise and share experience across the EU and other European countries more easily,” adds Rob.
Rob and his family live in Cambridge, very close to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and his happy commute consists, he observes, of “nipping through the hedge”. With a wife who is a practising dentist and a medic among his four children, clinical practice is genuinely a way of life for the Ross-Russell family.