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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Dipesh Gopal, MRCGP MRes


Primary Care Clinicians Career Progression Fellow



I am a GP and a NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) pre-PhD researcher looking at the link between cancer recurrence and health inequalities, in the Centre for Primary Care.

During my combined GP and academic training at QMUL as an academic clinical fellow, I assisted on a meta-ethnography on the Survivors’ Rehabilitation Evaluation After Cancer (SURECAN) programme grant worth £2.7 million. As well as this, I was the Chair of the organising committee of the Health Education England London GP trainee conference 2017-2018.

Soon after this, I was awarded the NIHR In-Practice Fellowship where I examined the effectiveness of financial incentivised supportive conversations in cancer in primary care, called ‘cancer care reviews’. For this work, I was awarded a Master’s in Clinical Health Research from the University of Birmingham. During this time, I was a co-applicant on the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme grant examining the impact of Long COVID on people from ethnic minority backgrounds: ‘Hearing from the unheard: impact of Long Covid in Black and minority ethnic groups in the UK’ (HI-COVE study).

I am currently a committee member of the Primary Academic CollaboraTive (PACT) which aims to promote ‘grassroots’ primary care research. I was one of the initial founding committee members in 2019, acting as social media lead. In 2021, I was awarded honorary membership of the Medical Women’s Federation and was asked to give the opening keynote address to International Association for Health Professions Education (AMEE) entitled "Unravelling the threads of race, racism and medicine".

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Research Interests:

I am interested in the following areas:

· improving the lives of people living with and beyond cancer (cancer survivorship)

· health inequalities

I have experience in conducting systematic reviews, scoping reviews and qualitative research.


Ahmad TA, Gopal DP, Chelala C, Dayem Ullah AZ, Taylor SJ. Multimorbidity in people living with and beyond cancer: a scoping review. Am J Cancer Res. 2023 Sep 15;13(9):4346-4365. PMID: 37818046; PMCID: PMC10560952.

O'Dowd EL, Merriel SWD, Cheng VWT, Khan S, Howells LM, Gopal DP, Roundhill EA, Brennan PM, Crosbie PAJ, Neal RD, Brown K, Crosbie EJ, Baldwin DR. Clinical trials in cancer screening, prevention and early diagnosis (SPED): a systematic mapping review. BMC Cancer. 2023 Sep 4;23(1):820. doi: 10.1186/s12885-023-11300-8. PMID: 37667231; PMCID: PMC10476302.

Ridge D, Pilkington K, Donovan S, Moschopoulou E, Gopal D, Bhui K, Chalder T, Khan I, Korszun A, Taylor S; SURECAN Investigators. A meta-ethnography investigating relational influences on mental health and cancer-related health care interventions for racially minoritised people in the UK. PLoS One. 2023 May 10;18(5):e0284878. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0284878. PMID: 37163472; PMCID: PMC10171693.

Gopal DP, Ahmad T, Efstathiou N, Guo P, Taylor SJC. What is the evidence behind cancer care reviews, a primary care cancer support tool? A scoping review. J Cancer Surviv. 2023 Dec;17(6):1780-1798. doi: 10.1007/s11764-022-01251-7. Epub 2022 Sep 6. PMID: 36066766; PMCID: PMC9446647.

Gopal DP, Douglass C, Wong S, Khan I, Lokugamage AU. Reflexivity, Cultural Safety, and improving the health of racially minoritised communities. Lancet. 2022 Apr 23;399(10335):1581-1582. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00459-7. Epub 2022 Mar 9. PMID: 35278353.

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