Professor Martin Gore CBE


About Professor Martin Gore CBE

Professor Martin Gore was a professor at the Institute of Cancer Research and a leading oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He tragically died after an allergic reaction to a Yellow-Fever vaccination on January 9th 2019, aged 67 years. He was an oncologist for more than 35 years, specialising in ovarian cancer, melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. He worked at The Royal Marsden Hospital for over 30 years and in 2006 he was appointed Medical Director; a role he held for 10 years. In 2015 he was awarded the The Royal Marsden’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 he was made CBE for his services to oncology. He was involved in many of the major clinical advances in melanoma systemic therapy. He was a  past chairman of the Melanoma Study Group – a forerunner to Melanoma Focus. Prior to his death he was chairman of the group formed by Melanoma Focus to produce the UK clinical guidelines for ano-uro-genital mucosal melanoma.

He made a statement following its completion in 2018, you can read that here.

professor Martin Gore

The Martin Gore CBE Memorial Lecture

Dr Mark Harries, chairman of Melanoma Focus says: ‘Martin was an inspiration and a mentor to me and many other UK clinicians who work in the field of melanoma. He had fantastic clinical acumen, superb managerial skills, a phenomenal work ethic, and huge clinical research prowess; all combined with a brilliant bedside manner. He is much missed by his family, his patients and the melanoma community. I am proud that Melanoma Focus has initiated the annual Martin Gore Memorial Award to honour him.’

The Professor Martin Gore CBE Memorial Lecture was set up in 2020 to honour the outstanding work carried out during Professor Gore’s career and to highlight the impact he has, and will continue to have, on generations in the field of melanoma.

With gratitude to Professor Gore’s family, the Memorial Lecture is delivered by an eminent speaker at our annual Focus on Melanoma healthcare professional educational meetings.

Please see below details of the Professor Martin Gore CBE Memorial Lecture recipients and titles of their presentations:

Past Lectures

2023:  Multidisciplinary Management of Melanoma: Past, Present, and Future 


Professor Charles Balch, Department of Surgical Oncology – Research, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Professor Charles Balch holding a trophy

2022:  How Treatments Have Changed and Continued to Evolve


Professor Claus Garbe – Head of Division of Dermato-oncology at Eberhard Karls
University, Tuebingen and President European Association for Dermatology-Oncology

Professor Claus Gabe

2021: Towards Zero Deaths from Melanoma


Professor Georgina Long – Co-Medical Director/Chair of Melanoma Medical Oncology & Translational Research, Melanoma Institute of Australia/Royal North Shore Hospital, The University of Sydney

Professor Georgina Long

2020: The Mathematics of Tumour Growth and Metastasis


Professor Helen Byrne – Professor of Computational Biology, University of Oxford


Professor Helen Byrne