Professor Farhat Din

Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Professor Farhat Din

  • Colorectal Unit
  • Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

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After undergraduate training in St Andrews and Manchester University, Farhat returned to Edinburgh to undertake basic surgical training. She completed her MD thesis in laboratory and translational research examining the molecular mechanisms underlying NSAID- mediated prevention of colorectal cancer in Professor Dunlop’s research group. Her higher surgical training was in South-east Scotland and latterly she undertook a period of training in laparoscopic colorectal surgery with the Oxford colorectal unit. She is an enthusiastic tutor and mentor for undergraduates and surgical trainees.

Farhat's research endeavour was strongly supported during completion of her higher surgical training in Edinburgh. She was awarded a highly-competitive Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist fellowship which she commenced in 2010. Currently she integrates her clinical practice, encompassing the breadth of coloproctology, with her translational research programme which focuses on the effects of chemopreventive agents on mTOR signalling in colorectal cancer.


Farhat’s educational qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BSc), University of St Andrews, 1993
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB), University of Manchester, 1996
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), Edinburgh, 2002
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Edinburgh, 2007
  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Edinburgh, 2010


  • Chiene Medal in Surgery 1999
  • Sir James Black Prize 2000
  • Colon and Rectal Disease Research Foundation Prize, 2002
  • Wilfrid Card Lectureship, 2005
  • Coloproctology Section Travelling Fellowship, Royal Society of Medicine, 2008


  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • European Society of Coloproctology


A list of Farhat Din’s publications can be found by clicking here.