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Monday 25 March 2019
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Chair of Divisions

Tara Kearney

Dr Tara Kearney

Chair of Division of Salford Health Care 


Tara qualified from University College Hospital and Middlesex Medical School (University of London) in 1992, having completed an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology. She continued her training in London, undertaking her Specialist training in Diabetes and Endocrinology in the North West Thames area. She completed her MD thesis examining the role of Growth Hormone on Lipid metabolism at St. Marys Hospital, Imperial College Hospital.


Tara’s first consultant post was at Royal Oldham Hospital from 2002-2005, but she then moved to SRFT to lead the endocrine unit. She specialises in neuroendocrinology and supports the pituitary surgical services and also the endocrine surgical services, providing regional care to patients with complex endocrinology. Under her guidance, the endocrine team has expanded to include nine consultants, three registrars and two endocrine nurses, covering a wide range of endocrine related services. She leads the pan-Manchester Pituitary MDT and co-chairs the adrenal MDT.


Research has remained a passion throughout her time as a consultant and Tara now co-leads a large team of research nurses, clinical fellows and research recruitment officers, working on a wide portfolio of research projects. She continues her role as Deputy National Lead and Greater Manchester Lead for the Clinical Research network, aimed primarily at forming research networks to reliably recruit to time and target.


David Fitzgerald

Dr David Fitzgerald

Chair of Division of Clinical Support Services & Tertiary Medicine


David did his undergraduate training  at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester, graduating in 1986. He undertook general medical training in the Greater Manchester area and then dermatology specialist training in Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool.  He completed a one year Fellowship at Yale University, Connecticut, USA in 1996-7.

He took up his present Consultant Dermatologist post at Salford Royal in 1998 and since then has worked both at the Salford site and within Salford Royal's service at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury. He led the development of the Salford Royal-run services at both Bury and, more recently, Stockport.

He has previously been Clinical Lead for the Bury Dermatology Service, Clinical Lead for Outpatients at Salford Royal and, more recently, Clinical Director for Dermatology and Tertiary Medicine.

He was the first Chair of the Salford Royal Local Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team and is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists’ Skin Cancer Committee as well as having been  a regular member  of skin cancer peer review teams for NHS England. 


Roger Laitt

Dr Roger Laitt

Roger originally trained as a Civil Engineer before taking up a career in Medicine. He graduated from Manchester University in 1987 and trained in General Medicine on the Birmingham rotation. His Radiology training was on the Bristol training scheme when he developed an interest in Neuroradiology. His specialist Neuroradiology training was performed in Bristol and Manchester.


He also obtained sub specialty training in Interventional Neuroradiology in Nottingham, UK, and Gothenburg, Sweden. He was appointed as Consultant Neuroradiologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1996 and transferred to Salford with Neuroscience service reconfiguration in 2002.


He is past secretary of the UK Neurointerventional group and is currently a member of the British Society of Neuroradiology Committee. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Manchester University and has written a number of peer review papers.


He was Clinical Director of Radiology for four years prior to taking up his role as Chair of the Division in July 2010.



Jonathan Vickers

Mr Jonathan Vickers

Chair of Division of Surgery


Jonathan graduated in Medicine from the University of Bristol in 1986, having completed an intercalated BSc in biochemistry  in 1983. He trained as a general and specialist upper gastrointestinal surgeon in the South West of England. He was awarded MD in 1996, a Hunterian Professorship in 1997, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1998. He took up his first consultant surgeon post Weston Super Mare (also honorary consultant surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary) in 2000.


Jonathan relocated to Salford in 2004 as a consultant general and Upper GI surgeon. He was clinical director for general surgical specialities from 2006 to 2010, and became Lead Cancer Clinician for the Trust in 2012. He is also the current Pathway Board Lead for Oesophago gastric cancer in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.