Mr Tim Batchelor

Bristol Thoracic Group

Cardiothoracic surgery

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I qualified from Edinburgh Medical School in 1995. I trained in Scotland and Yorkshire before being appointed as a Consultant in Thoracic Surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2007.

I became lead clinician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery in Bristol in 2008 and oversaw a massive expansion in activity, including a 250% increase in lung cancer surgery. During this time the unit pioneered Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and became one of the leading centres in European for minimally-invasive surgery (or VATS - video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery).

I stepped down as clinical lead in 2012 due to national and international commitments. I continue to lead internationally on ERAS. As the South West Senate Representative for thoracic surgery, I help to advise NHS England on commissioning as part of the relevant Clinical Reference Group. I also sit on the clinical guidelines committee for the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Bristol has now firmly established itself as one of the leading centres for thoracic surgery in the UK and, indeed, Europe. This has been recognised by Medtronic (a global medical technology company) and Bristol has been designated a European training centre for VATS lobectomy surgery under the auspices of Medtronic's ATLAS programme. I have mentored surgeons in VATS techniques from across Europe.

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Lung cancer; Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) - major lung (VATS lobectomy) and mediastinal resection; Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis (trans-cervical / VATS approach); Pulmonary metastasectomy; Lung volume reduction for emphysema - VATS surgery, endobronchial valves, endobronchial coils

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