John Firth

Dr John Firth


John is a consultant physician and nephrologist at Cambridge University Hospitals, where he is Deputy Medical Director and Responsible Officer. His interests are in education, training and professional governance.

John Firth

John was an undergraduate in Cambridge before moving to the Oxford Clinical School. After qualifying he worked in clinical posts in London before returning to Oxford where he undertook a DM in renal physiology, further clinical training, and post-doctoral research in molecular biology working in Prof Sir Peter Ratcliffe's laboratory in the early years of his exploration of the cellular oxygen sensing mechanism. 

He was appointed consultant physician in Oxford in 1993, moving to Cambridge in 1996 where he has undertaken a variety of roles including being Clinical Director of renal services and associate dean of the Clinical School. He is now Cambridge University Hospital's Deputy Medical Director and Responsible Officer (lead for professional governance and liaison with the General Medical Council). He often teaches clinical students and junior doctors and is Director of Clinical Studies in the College. His teaching was recognized by the University by the award of a Pilkington Prize in 2010.

At a national level, John was for many years Chair of the UK General Internal Medicine Specialist Advisory Committee, which is responsible for organisation and oversight of training in Internal Medicine.

Recognitions & achievements

  • Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Cambridge University Hospitals FT
  • Deputy Medical Director, CUHFT

John’s main interests, outside of clinical medicine and helping manage elements of Cambridge University Hospitals, are in education and training. He is Senior Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the standard general medical reference text (6th edition published in 2020), which is accessed online worldwide via the World Health Organisation’s HINARI Access to Research for Health Programme project.