John Buscombe was trained at the London Hospital Medical College graduating in 1984, after house posts in Southend, Essex, we trained in general internal medicine in Newham, London and mid Essex. He trained in Nuclear Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital under Profs Williams and Ell and at Guys Hospital under Prof Maisey and Fogelman. He was appointed to his first Consultant Post in Nuclear Medicine at the Medway Hospitals, Kent in 1992, The Royal Free Hospital, London in 1994 and Cambridge University Hospitals in 2010. He has had a long standing interest in SPECT, infection imaging, breast cancer imaging, theragnostics especially in NETs. At the Royal Free Hospital he set up the UK’s busiest radionuclide therapy unit. Since being in Cambridge his main research interests have been in the PET imaging of atheroma and looking at the aetiology of lung inflammation. He has published over 200 scientific papers and edited/authored 7 books.
He has a long standing interest in education writing 3 versions of the UK nuclear medicine curriculum, was chair of the FEBNM examination committee and has been a Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pretoria since 2010. In March 2018 he reduced his working hours when he became the President of the British Nuclear Medicine Society.