Dr Ioanna Fragkandrea Nixon

Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Management Science

Personal statement

Dr Ioanna Nixon is a Clinical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of sarcomas and Head and Neck cancers and clinical innovations. She holds National and International leadership roles in oncology and research, including  Clinical Lead for the Scottish Sarcoma Network and the Regional Quality Improvement and Safety Lead. She has served as the Chair for the National Cancer Research Institute(NCRI) Head and Neck Epidemiology and Survivorship CSG and as a member of the New Drug Committee(SMC). She is also a Board member of the British Sarcoma Group(BSG), a member of the UK Experts Group for Sarcoma Service Specification (SAG) and   a member of the NCRI Sarcoma Clinical Study Group.  Dr Nixon is also Vice President at the Hellenic Society of social care and well-being for children and TYA, promoting health and well- being in children and young people.

Dr Nixon holds  developmental roles as an educational supervisor for junior doctors and specialty trainees in oncology and an appraiser for NHS Consultants. She is also an  academic mentor for PhD students and a  mentor in National Leadership Programmes, including the Scottish Improvement Leader’s programme by NES. 

She was awarded with a PhD in Radiotherapy in 2013(Kapodistriakon University, Athens, Greece), an MPH(Epidemiology, Liverpool University), holds a level 5 CMI Chartered Management and a level 5 in medical education. She is also an AoEC accredited executive coach(performance, leadership, career and resilience).  She facilitates workshops on compassion and resilience, including a BMJ Masterclass(2018) and drives the wellbeing agenda through the Quality Improvement group.  

Dr Nixon works with cancer charities both formally as a Board Member for the Throat Cancer Foundation Trust, as well as informally supporting campaigns to promote patient care. She also works with patients and carers driving a patient-centered research agenda. She was president for the British Sarcoma Group Conference 2020 in Glasgow and facilitator for the RISE events on resilience for patients and carers in Scotland. 

In 2018 she was awarded  a Founding Fellowship of Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management(FMLM) for her leadership and contribution to patient-centered care and most recently an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Radiologists(FRCR) for her contribution to oncology specialty  at International Level. Her team has been finalists for the BMJ Awards Cancer Team of the Year 2020  and now finalists for the HSJ Partnership awards 2021. 



Systematic review of the epidemiology of a single physical trauma and cancer
McElvenny Damien M, Davis Alice, Dixon Ken, Alexander Carla, Gupta Girish, Nixon Ioanna, Crawford Joanne O
Trauma Vol 23, pp. 175-187 (2021)
Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic : the affective, behavioural and cognitive responses across the Scottish population
Cameron Julie, Hall Talulah, Hughes Kate, Knifton Lee, Lenhart Otto, Millar Robyn, Nixon Ioanna, Quinn Neil, Solomon Susan, Tse Dwight
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 45 (2021)
Re : more evidences are needed in reducing the suicide risk in head and neck cancer patients
Twigg JA, Anderson JM, Humphris G, Nixon I, Rogers SN, Kanatas A
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Vol 59, pp. 971-972 (2021)
Incorporating the patient voice in sarcoma research : How can we assess health-related quality of life in this heterogeneous group of patients? a study protocol
Den Hollander Dide, Fiore Marco, Martin-Broto Javier, Kasper Bernd, Casado Herraez Antonio, Kulis Dagmara, Nixon Ioanna, Sodergren Samantha C, Eichler Martin, van Houdt Winan J, Desar Ingrid ME, Ray-Coquard Isabelle, Piccinin Claire, Kosela-Paterczyk Hanna, Miah Aisha, Hentschel Leopold, Singer Susanne, Wilson Roger, van der Graaf Winette TA, Husson Olga
Cancers Vol 13 (2020)
Best practice in reducing the suicide risk in head and neck cancer patients : a structured review
Twigg JA, Anderson JM, Humphris G, Nixon I, Rogers SN, Kanatas A
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Vol 58, pp. e6-e15 (2020)
A need for clarity on surgical management of breast sarcoma : Scottish sarcoma network guidelines and regional audit
Lo Steven, Foster Naomi, Campbell Lindsay, White Jeff, Nixon Ioanna, Mansell James, McCleery Mark, Whyte Lynsey, Cowie Fiona
Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (2020)

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