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I am a General and Bariatric surgeon who specialises in surgery for symptomatic gallstone disease, hernia surgery and weight loss surgery.
Since becoming a consultant in 2014 I have developed a specialist interest in delivering laparoscopic gallbladder surgery in both elective and emergency settings, aiming to offer timely intervention with keyhole surgery for gallstone disease.
I perform hernia surgery using both laparoscopic (key-hole) and open techniques for inguinal, femoral, ventral, epigastric, incisional and umbilical hernias.
I took up my post as a Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon in August 2014 having completed my surgical training in the North East, graduating from Newcastle Medical School in 2004. I benefitted from training at Sunderland Royal Hospital when bariatric surgery became an accepted NHS treatment for morbid obesity and Sunderland then became the busiest NHS bariatric centre in the country. I specialise in Laparoscopic Bariatric surgery offering Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric band surgery and Mini/Single Anastomosis Gastric bypass. I also perform revisional Bariatric surgery. I have published on a wide range of Bariatric surgery topics and run training courses for consultant surgeons hoping to learn the Mini/single anastomosis procedure.
At Sunderland Royal Hospital I am the Clinical Governance lead for General Surgery and am the nominated lead for Junior Doctor training in surgery. I teach on the regional surgical training program and on national courses at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Areas of interest
Gallstone disease; Laparoscopic cholecystectomy; gallstones; biliary colic; cholecystitis; groin hernia; inguinal hernia; Obesity; Endoscopy; Gastrointestinal surgery; Hernia repair surgery; Laparoscopic surgery; Minimal access surgery; Obesity surgery; Pancreatic and biliary surgery; Weight loss surgery; revisional bariatric surgery, Cholecystectomy;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon
Sunderland Royal Hospital
I enjoy playing golf when time allows but over recent years I have enjoyed participating in the Great North Swim and am making progress towards participating in the Great North Run this year.
Bariatric Surgery in Septuagenarians: a Comparison with 60 Year Olds.
Routine Liver Biopsy During Bariatric Surgery: an Analysis of Evidence.
Simultaneous sleeve gastrectomy and hiatus hernia repair: a systematic review.
Response to letter to the editor: an evidence based algorithm for the management of marginal ulcers following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Consensus statements and bariatric surgery.
The name of mini gastric bypass.
Bariatric Surgery in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review.
Understanding Objections to One Anastomosis (Mini) Gastric Bypass: A Survey of 417 Surgeons Not Performing this Procedure.
A retrospective comparison of early results of conversion of failed gastric banding to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass.
Monitoring of Liver Function Tests after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: An Examination of Evidence Base.
Revisional Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy: a Systematic Review of Comparative Outcomes with Respective Primary Procedures.
Preoperative Interventions for Patients Being Considered for Bariatric Surgery: Separating the Fact from Fiction.
Management of Super-super Obese Patients: Comparison Between Mini (One Anastomosis) Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Small Bowel Limb Lengths and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: a Systematic Review.
Primary banded Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a systematic review.
An evidence-based algorithm for the management of marginal ulcers following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Management of super-super obese patients: comparison between one anastomosis (mini) gastric bypass and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Journal of Minimal Access Surgery:
Current status of mini-gastric bypass.
Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech:
Are contrast swallows necessary immediately post laparoscopic Heller cardiomyotomy?
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons 2012
- Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice: Edgehill Universtiy 2014
Reference number 6098440
Details of entry to specialist register
- Genral Surgery, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.