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Wolfson Institute of Population Health



NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer



I am an academic GP with an interest in diagnostic safety and quality in primary care, in particular relating to early cancer diagnosis. 

My research interest lies in understanding missed diagnostic opportunities in cancer and non-cancer patients, examining variations in diagnostic pathways and testing strategies, as well as the development and evaluation of interventions to improve early cancer diagnosis. I have particular expertise in using electronic health records, national survey data, and in quantitative methods and systematic reviews. I also have experience in performing prospective, mixed methods study. 

I undertook my medical training at University of College London and completed a MSc at the London School of Economics. I was previously an Academic Clinical Fellow and Wellcome Trust doctoral fellow at University of Cambridge. My PhD was on understanding missed diagnostic opportunities in bladder and kidney cancer. 

I have supervised medical and MPhil students in my academic roles at Cambridge, and am currently the interim lead for the Integrated Academic Training programme for GP ACFs and ACLs, and Specialist Foundation Programme at QMUL. I hold a PgCert in Medical Education from University of Cambridge. Clinically, I work as a salaried GP and am a GP Trainer.


Research Interests:

My research interest is in diagnostic safety and quality in primary care, especially in early cancer diagnosis. My work involves a range of work from understanding missed diagnostic opportunities, examining variations and inequalities in cancer diagnostic processes and outcomes, to developing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of the diagnostic process in primary care.


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Zhou Y, H Singh, W Hamilton, S Archer, S Tan, J Brimicombe, G Lyratzopoulos, FM Walter. Identifying targets for improving the diagnostic process of patients at risk of bladder and kidney cancer: a prospective, mixed-methods study. 2023. DOI: 

Harrison H, Usher-Smith J, Li L, Roberts L, Lin Z, Thompson R, Rossi S, Stewart G, Walter FM, Griffin S, Zhou Y. Risk prediction models for symptomatic patients with bladder and kidney cancer: a systematic review. Br J Gen Pract. 2021.  

Zhou Y, Walter FM, Singh H, Hamilton W, Abel GA, Lyratzopoulos G. Prolonged diagnostic intervals as marker of missed diagnostic opportunities in bladder and kidney cancer patients with alarm features: a longitudinal linked data study. Cancers. 2021.  

Zhou Y, Abel GA, Hamilton W, Pritchard-Jones K, Gross CP, Walter FM, Renzi C, Johnson S, McPhail S, Elliss-Brookes L, Lyratzopoulos G. Diagnosis of cancer as an emergency: a critical review of current evidence. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2017.  

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