School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Max Robinson

Senior Lecturer in Oral Pathology



I received my dental degree from Newcastle University in 1991. After a period of general professional training I attained a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994, following which I completed the Master of Science in Experimental Oral Pathology at the London Hospital Medical College in 1995. I then took up a Bristol University Postgraduate Scholarship leading to the award of PhD in 1999. I was subsequently appointed Lecturer in Oral Pathology in Bristol and commenced my Higher Specialist Training in Oral Pathology in 2000. Following my accreditation in Oral Pathology, I took up the position of Senior Lecturer in Oral Pathology in the School of Dental Sciences in 2006.


2005 FRCPath (Royal College of Pathologists)
1999 PhD (University of Bristol)
1995 MSc (University of London)
1994 FDSRCS (Royal College of Surgeons of England)
1991 BDS (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)


British Association for Cancer Research
British Association of Head and Neck Oncology
British Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
European Association for Cancer Research
Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Surgeons of England

Roles and Responsibilities

Honorary Consultant Pathologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the pathogenesis of head and neck cancer.  The aim of my work is to identify novel biomarkers that can be used for the early detection of oral cancer.  I am also involved in research examining the role of oncogenic human papillomavirus in oro-pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.

Other Expertise

My clinical activities are undertaken in the Department of Cellular Pathology (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), where I am part of a team of pathologists providing a specialist head and neck pathology service. My clinical work mainly involves generating reports for surgical biopsy material. The specimens range from diagnostic biopsies to major resection specimens; the majority of cases are generated by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and ENT Surgeons. I am a core member of the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team for the treatment of cancer. I also provide assessment of cases referred for specialist opinion.


Undergraduate Teaching

I take part in the teaching and assessment of undergraduate dental students. I provide a variety of lectures on aspects of human and oral disease.  I am currently course leader for Oral Diseases.

Postgraduate Teaching

I provide postgraduate lectures for dental practitioners and pathologists.