Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed a new medical director, it has been announced.

David Hughes, who has been deputy medical director since 2013, will start in the role in February. He will take over from David Throssell, who is retiring after five years in the role at the end of January.

Dr Hughes, a consultant histopathologist, has been at the trust since 2005. He was the associate medical director for cancer for many years before taking up the post of deputy medical director.

He said: “I am very proud to work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and it is a great honour and privilege to be appointed medical director. I am very much looking forward to working with the great team of people we have across the organisation.”

Kirsten Major, interim chief executive at the trust, said Dr Hughes’ contributions to the trust as associate medical director for cancer and deputy medical director have been significant.

“He is a highly respected clinician not just within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals but nationally and internationally,” Ms Major said.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ former chief executive Andrew Cash announced his retirement earlier this year after four decades in the NHS. Despite interviewing for the role, the trust has yet to appoint a replacement.