BIOGRAPHY OF DR MARK SLACK
MB BCh, MMed, FCOG (SA), FRCOG
Mark Slack qualified in Medicine in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) and completed his postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town. During this time he was awarded the prestigious Daubenton Gold Medal from the College of Medicine of South Africa. After leaving South Africa he received further specialist training in urogynaecology in Liverpool Womens Hospital's Urogynaecology Department. He has been a Consultant in the UK since 1994 and in 2002 was appointed to Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke's Hospital), where he was the Lead Clinician of the Department of Urogynaecology and Reconstructive surgery and Clinical Lead for the Department of Gynaecology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and is an official spokesperson for the college. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for CMR Surgical, a surgical innovation company that he co-founded in 2014.
Dr Slack established the Urogynaecology service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the department now offers a comprehensive multi-disciplinary service for the investigation and management of female pelvic floor and bladder disorders. The unit has recognised accrediation by the British Society of Urogynaecology. Dr Slack ran a large tertiary clinic, receiving referrals from all over the UK for his expertise in the management of complex urinary, bladder, pelvic floor disorders and mesh-related complications. He continues to provide support and expertise for the Department.
In addition to clinical work, Dr Slack ran an active research unit, publishing widely in peer review journals and is frequently invited to present his work at major meetings. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He has an active interest in medical innovation and has contributed to the development of a diagnostic tool for the assessment of bladder function, a surgical retractor and a new minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. He is on the Editorial Board for the journal 'BMJ Surgery, Innovation and Health Technology'.
He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Urogynaecology Association the Clinical Lead for the Regional Clinical Research Network. He has previously held senior positions on other committees including the British Society of Urogynaecology, International Continence Society, and the Guidelines committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. He acts as a reviewer for the British Medical Journal, The British Journal of O&G in addition to several other international journals. He is a founder member of the RCOG 'Supporting our Doctors Taskgroup' and works towards providing support for doctors in difficulty or facing workplace challenges.
In 2014 he co-founded CMR Surgical a British medical device company working to develop a next-generation robotic system for minimal access surgery. He has been their Chief Medical Officer since its establishment, and moved over to a full time position within the organisation in 2018.