Mr David Ratliff: General surgery

Mr David Ratliff

General surgery


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Specialises in

  • Endocrine
  • General
  • Vascular surgery

About me

David Ratliff is a very experienced general, vascular and endocrine surgeon with over 30 years experience as a specialist in these fields. After qualifying from the University of Birmingham he completed his higher surgical training in the West Midlands and as a Fellow in Vascular Surgery in Vancouver, Canada, from 1990-91.

He was appointed as Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1991. In 1994 he was appointed Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, where he continues to work for the NHS.

During his career David has led the progressive development and delivery of the Vascular and Endocrine surgical services in Northampton as high quality services with a national reputation for excellence.

Following the recent national centralisation of vascular services this resulted in the successful implementation of the Northamptonshire Vascular Service in April 2012 with the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust as the vascular centre. David led and managed this process for several years beforehand as the Lead Clinician. He then successfully led and managed the Northamptonshire Vascular Service with good clinical outcomes and patient feedback.

David is a high volume Endocrine Surgeon, carrying out thyroid and parathyroid surgery with an activity in the top 10-15% procedures nationally. He was Chair of the Northamptonshire Endocrine MDT from 2002-2010 and Chair of the Thyroid Sub-Group of the East Midlands Head & Neck NSSG from 2010-2013 (thyroid cancer).

David is also a very experienced General Surgeon and specialist in hernia repairs of all types. He successfully introduced laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair into Northampton 10 years ago with excellent results.

During his career he has maintained a strong commitment to high professional standards and the teaching, training and education of higher surgical trainees. He has also maintained an active interest in clinical research and has been the author of over 35 publications.

David has shown a commitment to continuing professional development with up to date specialist knowledge throughout this time. He also led the management of the Department of Surgery at the Northampton General Hospital as Clinical Director from 2001-2005.

David was a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2005 to 2013. From 2013 to date he has been an Examiner for the Intercollegiate Speciality Board in General Surgery for the final FRCS Examination (the examination taken at the end of surgical training before consultancy posts).

He was awarded a Silver National Award for Clinical Excellence in 2008 and before that a Bronze National Award for Clinical Excellence in 2004.

Areas of interest

Hernia repairs of all types, including inguinal and umbilical hernia; Gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy); Laparoscopic procedures ('keyhole' surgery) including laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair and laparoscopic cholecystectomy; Endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid) surgery; Vascular/venous access; Varicose veins ('key-hole' surgery by the Venefit procedure, injection sclerotherapy); microsclerotherapy (injection treatment) for spider and thread veins; Portacath and Groshong line insertion for chemotherapy.

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Procedures completed

  • L9180

    Insertion of implantable central venous port (portacath) e.g Port-a-Cath under image guidance - (5-50)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • T2000

    Primary repair of inguinal hernia - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • L8540

    Radiofrequency ablation of more than one venous trunk +/- phlebectomies - unilateral - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • B1220

    Fine needle aspiration of thyroid gland - (1-5)

  • L8541

    Radiofrequency ablation of more than one venous trunk +/- phlebectomies - bilateral - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • L8532

    Operations for recurrent varicose veins without re-exploration of groin or popliteal fossa - unilateral - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • L9110

    Insertion of tunnelled central venous catheter (Hickman line) - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • S0633

    Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - up to three, Trunk & Limbs (excluding lipoma) - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • T4130

    Freeing of adhesions of peritoneum - (1-5)

    BMI Three Shires Hospital (1-5)

  • L9181

    Removal of Portacath/Port-a-Cath/Vasoport Unit - (1-5)

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