Mark Slack qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand. He then completed his postgraduate training at the University of Cape Town. He graduated from the College of Medicine of South Africa winning the Daubenton Gold Medal for the most distinguished candidate in the exams in the country.
He was previously head of Gynaecology and Urogynaecology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge Teaching Hospitals Trust, Cambridge. He is an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Slack has run an active research unit in Cambridge. The unit was involved in a number of research initiatives. He developed and introduced the Sacrospinous Fixation to the UK. In addition, he has invented a number of procedures which were adopted and marketed by international Medical Device companies. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, more than 25 book chapters and numerous national guidelines. He is a regular contributor on a number of National Radio and Television programs including “case notes, “Women’s Hour”, The Victoria Derbyshire show and regional and National news programs. He was one of the key note speakers at this years “WIRED” symposium, alongside the inventors of the COVID vaccine and the winner of the 2020 Nobel prize for medicine.
He is a Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of CMR Surgical, a start-up company in Cambridge which has developed a novel surgical robot (Versius This is now one of the largest Med Tech Start-Up companies in Europe and has recently had the highest medtech funding round in the world with a $660 million raise. The company has unicorn status currently employing 800 people in more than 7 geographies.
He was appointed the Ethicon travelling Professor in 2004 as well as the Sims Black Professorship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for 2005/6. Between 2006 and today he was awarded travelling Professorships to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2006 and 2019), the South African Medical college 2017, the University of Cape Town 2009, the University of British Columbia, Canada 2018 and the University of Pretoria 2018. He was recognised by the NIHR in 2015 with an award as one of the leading researchers in the UK for clinical research. In 2018, under his leadership the Urogynaecology unit in Cambridge achieved the highest accreditation score ever awarded by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recognizing it as one of the leading units in the country.
Dr Mark Slack
MBBCh MMed (UCT) FCOG(SA) FRCOG