About Jesus College/Our community/ People
Dr Deborah Hay

Roles and subjects

Hugh Price Fellow and Tutor for Clinical Medicine



Academic Background

DPhil, MRCP, FRCPath

I studied medicine at Hertford College, Oxford, and undertook my postgraduate training in Oxford and London.  I then returned to Oxford University Hospitals in 2006 to specialize in haematology, and was appointed as a consultant haematologist in 2014. During my postgraduate clinical training, I undertook research leading to a DPhil, examining the transcriptional regulation of alpha globin expression, in the lab of Prof Doug Higgs in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit.

I now work for the medical school as Clinical Tutor for Laboratory Medicine, and I am responsible for the ten-week Laboratory Medicine Course in the first year of clinical training. This is the course on which students learn about the mechanisms of disease and the process of making a diagnosis.  In addition, I also maintain an active role in the NHS department of clinical haematology.

Undergraduate Teaching

For Jesus College students, I provide preclinical teaching in haematology and oncology for the 1st BM exams, and general clinical teaching through years 3-6 of the course. More generally in the clinical school, I work with a team of colleagues to coordinate teaching in all the laboratory medicine disciplines: haematology, immunology, microbiology, clinical biochemistry and clinical genetics.

Graduate Teaching

As a clinician, I am responsible for educational and clinical supervision of haematologists in training. My previous roles have included being regional training programme director and speciality advisory board representative for haematology training. I am currently a member of the education committee for the British Society of Haematology.

Research Interests

My clinical work focuses on laboratory diagnostics and haematopathology. In addition, I am interested in evidence-based approaches to teaching and examination in medicine.


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