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Professor Tony Freemont (BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPath) - personal details

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Professor Tony Freemont

Role: Head of Undergraduate Medical Education, Professor of Osteoarticular Pathology

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 0215


Head of Undergraduate Medical Education

Room G16
Stopford Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PT

Telephone: +44 (0)161-275 7792 (PA - Fatima)




General Background

Born in 1953, I was brought up in Ealing, West London. In 1964 I won a scholarship to Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith. After completing A levels in Biology, Physics and Chemistry I entered St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London from which I graduated BSc (Anatomy 2:i), MB, BS in 1970.
I trained in General Medicine in Portsmouth and Leicester, passing the MRCP (UK) examination in 1983. I then entered into pathology training in the University of Manchester, passing the MRCPath examination in Histopathology in 1986. I have since been made FRCP(E)(1990), FRCP (1995) and FRCPath (1996). I have specialised in Osteoarticular (bone and joint) pathology since 1983 (when I was awarded an ARC Clinical Lectureship) and was given a personal chair in 1993.
In 1984 I was awarded an MD for work on the migration of lymphocytes into diseased tissue. I was the first person to show vascular specialisation for promoting lymphocyte entry into disease tissues.

Clinical Work

I am Professor and Honorary Consultant with a large diagnostic histopathology practice in bone and joint disease. I report about 3,500 specimens per annum and am a recognised expert in the diagnostic pathology of joints, metabolic bone disease and soft tissue sarcomas. My clinical research focuses on two aspects of my clinical work:
• Synovial fluid microscopy as a test for the early and accurate diagnosis of joint disease. I have written a book, several chapters in leading Rheumatology and Cytology texts, and in excess of 25 peer-reviewed publications on this subject.
• Bone histomorphometry in the diagnosis, prognosis and management of renal osteodystrophy and other metabolic bone disorders. I have written several book chapters and more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on this subject.


My basic scientific and clinical research is detailed above. I am currently funded by the Research Councils, NHS and a number of research charities and hold research grant income of about £1.5M. I have authored or co-authored more than 250 peer reviewed publications, >50 reviews, ≈30 chapters, and 1 book. I have supervised 34 MD/PhD students. I am a member of the College of Experts of the MRC and editorial board member of 4 journals.


I am:

  • Head of Undergraduate Medical Education for FMHS
  • a GMC partner and a member of the NIHCE MTAC panel


I am a keen bell ringer and collector of brass threepenny bits.


I teach on the medical MB ChB, Pathology BSc, dental and FLS undergraduate programmes; on the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology and the NowNANO core knowledge programme.