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James Underwood

James Cresseé Elphinstone Underwood
BornJanuary 1 1942 (1942-01-01) (age 70)
Walsall, UK
FieldMedicine, Pathologist
InstitutionsSheffield University Medical School
Alma materSt Bartholomew's Hospital
Academic advisor  -
Notable students  -
Known forGeneral and Systematic Pathology
Notable prizesGold medal 2006

Sir James Cresseé Elphinstone Underwood is an eminent British scientist who was awarded a knighthood for services to medicine in the 2005 New Year honours list.[1]


Early life and education

Underwood was born at Walsall, in 1942, where his father, John Elphinstone Underwood was a general practictioner and his mother, Mary Underwood had been a nurse.[2] The family settled in Cheltenham in 1948. He was educated at Downside School, Somerset[3], where he gained the best grade for physics practical A-Level in his year. From 1960 to 1967 he was a medical student at St Bartholomew's Hospital[4], London, and a house doctor at St Stephen's Hospital, Chelsea. His wife is named Alice.


He was formely the Dean of Sheffield University's Faculty of Medicine and the Joseph Hunter Professor of Pathology at the same university as well as Consultant Histopathologist to the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.[5] From 2002-2005, he served as the President of the Royal College of Pathologists.[6] Having more than forty years experience of using human tissues in diagnosis, education and research, he led his profession’s response to the problems arising from tissue retention and use.[7]. Sir James is a member of the Human Tissue Authority, which monitors and regulates use or human organs in research and education[8].

Research Interests

  • Liver disease
  • Breast disease
  • Medical Education [9]



  • Editor of General and Systematic Pathology, Churchill Livingstone, 2004 (4th edition), which has won Sir James and contributing authors the Royal Society of Medicine Book Award (2000) and the British Medical Association Medical Book Competition (2005) and a first prize in the Association of British Medical authors book production and design competition.[10]
  • Co-editor, with Professor Massimo Pignatelli, of Recent Advances in Histopathology
  • Co-editor of Histopathology


  1. ^ Royal College of Pathologists. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
  2. ^ BMJ Obituary. Retrieved 2007-09-08
  3. ^ Underwood, Sir James Cresseé Elphinstone, in Who's Who 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-15
  4. ^ International Academy of Pathology limited. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  5. ^ The University of Sheffield. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
  6. ^ The Royal College of Pathologists. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  7. ^ Alder Hey: Leading pathologist James Underwood quizzed. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
  8. ^ Human Tissue Authority. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
  9. ^ The 47th Annual Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  10. ^ International Academy of Pathology limited. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
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