Dr Anne Hong


Anne was a consultant oncologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, the South West peninsula’s leading contributor in cancer clinical trials. She was lead clinician for oncology research – a unit that participates in a wide range of national clinical trials, expanded research programmes and some commercial studies. Anne became a FORCE trustee in 1992 and the charity’s chairman in 1997. She was born in Sheffield, one of seven children. Her grandfather came to England in the 1940s and set up a laundry business, which in turn led Anne’s parents to emigrate to join him and to help run it. Attributing much of her own success in medicine to the 11 plus examination and subsequent grammar school education, Anne describes this period of her life as ‘the beginning of hope and aspiration.’ She always knew that she wanted to be in a caring, vocational profession and medicine was her highest aspiration. Her training involved gaining experience in a wide range of medical arenas but it was in the field of Oncology that she felt really comfortable and believed she had found her true calling. Anne says she was blessed with having some extraordinary mentors. Her move to Devon was prompted by an inspirational speech given by Dr Chris Rowland, co-founder and former patron of FORCE. Anne’s involvement with our charity was a natural progression and she considers her association a humbling experience and a huge privilege to have been able to witness the charity’s growth and development over the years. Anne loves living in Devon and enjoys walking and keeping fit, which she finds very therapeutic. Her other interests include opera, classical music and art.

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