Dr Mark Saunders, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Mark Saunders

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Mark Saunders MBBS MRCP FRCR PhD

Consultant Clinical Oncologist


Dr Mark Saunders

Consultant Clinical Oncologist MBBS MRCP FRCR PhD



  • The Christie Private Care

    Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 4BX

About Dr Mark Saunders

GMC number: 3181292

Year qualified: 1986

Place of primary qualification: University of London

Dr Mark Saunders is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist based at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. He specialises in colorectal and anal cancer, as well as pseudomyxoma. Dr Saunders has a keen interest in running clinical trials and evaluating novel agents with associated response and toxicity biomarkers and radiology.

Dr Saunders obtained his medical degree from Charing Cross Hospital in 1986 and pursued further training at teaching hospitals in London. He spent five years in general medicine before specialising in oncology. His oncology training included time at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and later at The Christie in Manchester. As an Imperial Cancer Research Fund Fellow at the Churchill Hospital, he received a Medical Research Council (MRC) grant, which funded his PhD research on gene therapy to enhance tumour cell kill by bioreductive drugs, completed in 1999.

In 1999, Dr Saunders became a consultant at The Christie. He received the Karol Sicher Research Fellowship from the UK Royal College of Radiologists, allowing him to work with Professor Ralph Weichselbaum at the University of Chicago for three months.

Dr Saunders is actively involved in several National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) CRC committees and works with SchAAR to prepare material for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He chairs or is a member of various Trial Management Groups (TMGs) and Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs). Additionally, he chairs the Northern Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) committee and advises the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

Dr Saunders is proficient in a range of treatments, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiotherapy. He treats conditions such as bowel cancer, colorectal cancer, gastro-intestinal cancers, and stomach cancer.

Dr Saunders' extensive experience and dedication to oncology make him a leading specialist in his field.

Areas of expertise

  • Gastrointestinal tumours
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Clinical oncology