Emma Crosbie (nee Davidson) studied medicine as an undergraduate at Edinburgh University Medical School. She was awarded an intercalated First Class Honours BSc in Psychology and the Drever Prize for Psychology in 1995, having scored highest amongst her year group. In 1997, she was awarded her MBChB with Honours, the James Scott Scholarship for Obstetrics, Distinctions in Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Surgery, and the Dorothy Gilfillan Prize, awarded to the woman student most distinguished in the final MBChB exams. 

Following her pre-registration house jobs, Emma began her career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a Senior House Officer at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1999, she moved to Manchester to work at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research and St Mary's Hospital as the Joseph Starkey Clinical Research Fellow under the supervision of Professors Peter Stern and Henry Kitchener. In 2002, she was awarded a PhD in Gynaecological Oncology by the University of Manchester for her thesis entitled 'Immunological aspects of HPV infection in vulval intraepithelial neoplasia'. For this work, she was awarded the Edgar Gentilli Prize for original research into gynaecological cancer by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Emma returned to full time clinical training as a Senior Senior House Officer and then Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the North West in 2002. In 2006, she successfully gained Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 2008, she became a Walport Clinical Lecturer in Gynaecological Oncology, combining subspecialty training in Gynaecological Oncology with research. During this time, she was awarded the RCOG Harold Malkin prize and the Manchester Business School Medical Leadership in Practice prize.

In 2013, Emma was awarded an NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship and became a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology at the University of Manchester.

Collaborators and affiliated staff

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Executive Scientific Editor for BJOG

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

NCRI Gynaecology Clinical Studies Group 

Wellbeing of Women Research Advisory Committee

Blair Bell Research Society Committee

MRCOG part II MCQ Subcommittee

British Gynaecological Cancer Society

Methodological knowledge

Cell culture

Immunological assays, including proliferation assays, ELISPOT, ELISAs, cytotoxicity assays


Clinical Trial design and execution




Emma is a Consultant Gynaecological Cancer Surgeon whose research interests include screening, prevention and the early detection of gynaecological cancers, as well as developing new treatments and interventions for women with established disease.


Psychology BSc (First class Honours) Edinburgh 1995

MBChB (with Honours) Edinburgh 1997

PhD Manchester 2002

MRCOG 2006

Research interests

Endometrial cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting British women, behind breast, lung and colon cancer. The incidence of endometrial cancer has been rising steadily over the past twenty years. At the same time, the number of women dying from the disease has increased, despite improvements in overall survival. Endometrial cancer ranks highest amongst all cancers in its association with obesity. Our group is interested in exploring this link with obesity with a view to developing new treatment and prevention strategies for endometrial cancer. 

Current projects include:

  • The role of weight loss and obesity on the endometrium
  • The role of metformin as an anti-cancer agent in newly diagnosed patients with endometrial cancer
  • The effectiveness of the progestagen-laden intrauterine device for the treatment of endometrial precancer

Other research interests include human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated lower genital tract neoplasia, particularly CIN and cervical cancer. Our group is involved in:

  • Testing interventions designed to improve uptake of cervical screening in young women
  • Establishing the effectiveness of anal cytology in high risk populations
  • Investigating the clinical utility of new HPV tests
  • Testing new technologies designed to improve the specificity of colposcopic detection of CIN



4th year project option supervisor & examiner

Final MBChB OSCE examiner

Tutor and lecturer of 4th year medical students during obs/gynae placement at St Mary's


Clinical postgraduate:

Supervisor for MD and PhD students

Internal MPhil, MD and PhD examiner

Tutor and lecturer on various postgraduate courses locally & nationally

MRCOG part II MCQ subcommittee member (RCOG)


Non-clinical postgraduate:

Supervisor for PhD students


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