A HEALTH expert who helped Hartlepool to become a leader in detecting bowel cancer has secured a top university honour.
Consultant gastroenterologist Matt Rutter (pictured), from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as an honorary senior lecturer at Durham University.
Matt has helped establish Teesside as one of the most successful areas in the country at screening and combating bowel cancer and said he was delighted with his new role, which will strengthen academic links with Durham University in his specialist field.
He said the relationship between the hospital and university was a demonstration of the growing pedigree of the trust.
He added: “This builds on the existing relationship between North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Durham University, which contributes to a great status for the trust.
“This is a significant role for me and undoubtedly any research carried out will benefit patients in our area.”
This is not the first honour Matt has received during his time at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2008, he was awarded the Goulstonian Lectureship by the Royal College of Physicians and in 2006, the Hopkins Endoscopy Prize from the British Society of Gastroenterology.
Trust chief executive Alan Foster said: “I would like to congratulate Matt for further enhancing his own and the trust’s reputation through this appointment.”