Dr David N. Jeevan BSc MBChB MRCOG

Dr David N. Jeevan

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Honorary Clinical Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research (Home institute) and Institute of Cancer & Genomics (Collaboration)
IBR Tower, 2nd Floor, Room 203
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

David Jeevan is an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow. He is also a Senior Registrar (ST6) in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He was awarded the prestigious Wellbeing of Women Research Training Fellowship in 2017 following a year of research funded by the Institute of Translational Medicine.

David’s interest is using mass spectrometry and steroid metabolomics to improve diagnosis and therapy of ovarian cancer. He is based at the Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research.

Ovarian cancer carries a lifetime risk of 1 in 52 in all women. In the UK, over 4000 women die from the disease annually. Survival is extremely poor because the disease is often detected at a late stage and current therapy is very limited; hence there is an urgent unmet need to develop new tests and treatments.


  • Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 2016
  • Medicine 2007
  • Physiology & Management BSc, King’s College London 2002 


David Jeevan graduated in Physiology and Management at King’s College London in 2002 before reading Medicine. David elected to train in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and is now a senior registrar (ST6). He has focussed on developing his surgical skills and management of patients and has completed his postgraduate examinations (MRCOG). Whilst caring for patients with ovarian cancer David developed a desire to become involved in translational medicine. He is particularly interested in novel methods of diagnosing ovarian cancer at early stages.

In 2016 he obtained a competitive starter fellowship from the Institute of Translational Medicine and was appointed as a Clinical Research Fellow in Steroid Metabolomics and Cancer at the Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research.

He has also been awarded a Cancer Research UK grant to support his research into ovarian cancer. In 2017 David was awarded the prestigious Wellbeing of Women Research Training Fellowship to investigate the steroid metabolome in ovarian cancer. 


  • MBChB 2nd Year Endocrinology - Tutor for small group teaching sessions.
  • BMedSc 3rd Year Project Supervisor


David is carrying out research on steroid metabolism in ovarian cancer. Using mass spectrometry, he is investigating how steroids are involved in the progression of ovarian tumours and is aiming to develop proof of concept for a steroid test for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.  David is delighted that the Wellbeing of Women has chosen to fund a project in this field of gynaecological cancer.

1 in 3 women with ovarian cancer in the UK die within the first year after diagnosis. Regrettably, over 10% of UK women with ovarian cancer actually never receive any treatment because they are too ill by the time they are diagnosed.

Research shows that women with ovarian cancer who have been diagnosed earlier have better outcomes, so earlier diagnosis can potentially save lives.

Research Groups

Other activities

  • Senior Registrar (ST6) in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Member of All Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer
  • Cancer Research UK: Ovarian Cancer Public Engagement Group Member
  • Legal Case Advisor to Medical Collations & Chronology
  • Medical Advisor to Hat Trick Productions (Sky 1 medical drama ‘Critical’)


Jeevan D, Olah K. 2015 Then and now: Outcomes of surgical treatment for early cervical cancer since 1902.  BJOG 122(11) 1524-5

Bhandari HM, Jeevan D, Slinn J, Goswami K. Postpartum ovarian vein thrombosis in a 29-year-old woman with ulcerative colitis. BMJ Case Reports. 2014 Dec 3;2014.

Phillips JT, Giebaly D, Gillham T, Goring J, Patil S, Jeevan D et al Urological management of acute epididymo-orchitis in sexually active young men: too great a public health risk? Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2010 Aug;86(4):328.

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