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Meet the Addison's Clinical Advisory Panel


  • The Addison's Clinical Advisory Panel (ACAP) is an informal group of endocrinologists with an interest in adrenal medicine. They advise the ADSHG on its clinical guidelines, write medical commentaries and review our publications for us. They are led by Professor John Wass of the Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

The ADSHG publications are available for free download from our publication centre.


Clinical Advisory Panel members:
Professor John Wass MA MD FRCP: Chair
John Wass has been Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University since 1998 and a Consultant in Endocrinology at both the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford since 1995. Prior to that he was Professor of Clinical Endocrinology and an Honorary Consultant Physician in the Departments of Endocrinology and Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London. He was a founding member of the ADSHG's clinical advisory panel in 2003. The clinical advisory panel was formed following the retirement of Prof Mike Besser, who had previously been the group's medical adviser.


John Wass is editor of the Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology, (eds Wass and Shalet) OUP 2002 and of The Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology (eds Wass and Turner) OUP 2002.


He was a founding member of the UK Pituitary Society and is also a past Chair of the UK Society for Endocrinology, and a member of the American Endocrine Society, the Medical Research Council and the Association of Physicians. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, member of the Section of Endocrinology.


He is a teacher in RQE on behalf of the European Board of Endocrinology of the Specialised Section of the UEMS (2000 – 2009). John Wass was awarded a Recognition of Quality in Endocrinology (RQE) in 2002, a Society for Endocrinology Award in 1997 and 2009 and a Clinical Endocrinology Trust Award in 1995. He was visiting professor at the Cedars Sinai Medical School, Los Angeles, in 2004.


Professor Wiebke Arlt DSc CCST MD
Wiebke Arlt is the Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Clinical Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Birmingham. She is also a Professor of Endocrinology at the Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Birmingham. Prior to that, she was a Consultant Endocrinologist and the Bavarian Research Fellow at the Endocrine & Diabetes Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Würzburg. You can read more about Professor Arlt on this MRC work space article. She joined the ADSHG's clinical advisory panel in 2004.


Professor Will Drake
Prof Drake is the most recent endocrinologist to join the Addison's Clinical Advisory Panel, following the retirement of Dr Trevor Howlett in 2015. You can view Prof Drake's NHS profile here.




Professor Simon Pearce, MD FRCP
Simon Pearce is a Professor of Endocrinology at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. He joined the Addison's Clinical Advisory Panel in 2005 and has collaborated with the ADSHG on several research projects. You can browse an article listing of Prof Pearce's adrenal research collaborations with the ADSHG here. You can view his professional NHS profile here.


He trained in endocrinology at Hammersmith, London; in Boston, USA and latterly in Newcastle. Since 1993, he has being doing research into the molecular and genetic causes of endocrine conditions, with a particular interest in autoimmune disorders.


Dr Francesca Swords
Dr Swords trained at Oxford and Barts before being appointed consultant physician and endocrinologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia in 2008. She was appointed Clinical Director for diabetes and endocrinology in Norwich in 2011. In 2015 she was appointed Associate Medical Director and in 2016 became Chief of Medicine and Emergency Services for this hospital.


Her main research interests are in adrenal pathology and radiotherapy and her major clinical interests are in endocrine neoplasia: pituitary, adrenal and thyroid tumours. She joined the ADSHG's clinical advisory panel in 2016, following the retirement of Prof John Monson.


In 2009 Dr Swords developed the online resource Endobible. She continues as editor of this site to improve the understanding of endocrine conditions and unify how endocrine tests are performed by providing free guidance and protocols for the assessment of endocrine disease. More recently, she has played a key role in clinical safety, working with the East of England ambulance service to introduce address alerts for patients with Addison’s disease, and on the specialist endocrinology clinical reference group for NHS England.

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