Professor Rodney Taylor is a consultant physician who has recently retired from clinical medicine. Much of his practice was in academic medicine and the NHS, but he also spent time as a consultant in the Royal Navy. His career has included both clinical and basic science research, teaching, and medical and academic administration. His various roles have included a Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science and appointments as Professor of Medicine, Associate Postgraduate Dean and as the Medical Director of an NHS Trust. He teaches Bioethics and Medical Law as Visiting Professor in the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St Mary’s University, and is Tutor in Medical Ethics and Law at Imperial College School of Medicine.

Rodney was elected deputy chairman of the MDS UK Patient Support Group in 2009, then became chairman in 2010 for 7 years.
In that role he has been actively involved in monitoring the activities of NICE in their consideration of treatments for rarer cancers and haematological disorders. He has MDS.
Rodney stepped down as chairman in January 2017.
He is however remaining on the committee in an advisory capacity, being a physician, patient and having acquired a substantial experience leading the charity . The new chair is Edward Peel.

MDS UK would like to thank Prof Rodney Taylor for the 7 years he has dedicated to our organisation – working tirelessly and with fantastic enthusiasm with the entire committee – and specifically the chief executive.
With his help, support and guidance, MDS UK has grown tremendously – from a small group to a well established and respected organisation, both in UK, but also worldwide – as a founding member of the MDS Alliance.
The group looks forward to ongoing work with him.

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