Mary Dodd has been a Consultant Physiotherapist for Cystic Fibrosis since 2003. She has cared for patients with CF since the 1960s. Initially she worked with infants and children. In 1982, she was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Manchester Adult Centre, which currently cares for 350 adults from the North West. She has pursued a clinical career and her extensive experience has led directly to clinically based research which has included the role of exercise, effects of nebuliser therapy, adherence, cross infection, oxygen, urinary incontinence and musculoskeletal problems. She has a national and international reputation for presentations at scientific meetings and strives to implement research findings to improve the quality of clinical care within an evidence-based framework. She has been a Member of Working Parties for several Clinical Guidelines for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The British Thoracic Society.
In 2001 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for her research and education activities and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (DSc) from Manchester Metropolitan University for her research into exercise in cystic fibrosis.