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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Lower GI surgery
I am the head of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW). I am a colorectal and general surgeon with a specialist interest in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
I completed basic surgical training in London and was awarded an MD from the University of London following research into colorectal cancer and minimally invasive surgery. I undertook higher surgical training at the Oxford Deanery following which I was selected for the National Ethicon Fellowship in Advanced Colorectal Surgery. Before starting in my consultant post I undertook a further fellowship in complex colorectal surgery at St Mark’s Hospital, London.
I perform robotic surgery for benign and malignant colorectal disease with a focus on rectal cancer. I am an international trainer in robotic colorectal surgery teaching surgeons across the UK and Europe.
I have paediatric surgical experience through working in a specialist paediatric surgical department in Oxford and I perform general paediatric surgery including clinics and day case procedures.
Areas of interest
perianal conditions; haemorrhoids; piles; fistula; fissures; rectal bleeding; open hernia repairs; laparoscopic hernia repairs; inguinal hernia repairs; umbilical hernia repair; incisional hernia repair; colonoscopy; flexible sigmoidoscopy;endoscopic removal of polyps; minimally invasive colonic and rectal bowel resections for cancerous and non-cancerous conditions either laparoscopically or robotically;
Paediatric surgical procedures; circumcisions; herniotomy; hydrocele repairs; orchidopexies.
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Rathinavel Shanmugam Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon,
Head of Gastrointestinal Surgery
University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (University Hospital, Coventry and St Cross Hospital Rugby)
I was awarded a University of London MD in 2008.My research investigated immune suppression caused by colorectal cancer and whether it is reversed by surgical resection. I also studied whether the short term impairment of tumour immunity post surgical insult is influenced by minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic surgery and minilaparotomies.
I have continued to have an active role in surgical research following completion of my MD with further work accepted for presentation at national and international meetings as well as papers accepted for publication plus I am a regular reviewer for journals including the British Journal of Surgery and Colorectal Disease.
Since starting at UHCW I have been significantly involved in developing the research activity of our department. I am involved in research investigations to improve cancer detection and the developments of robotic surgery.
I am a family man with three young children who keep me occupied and entertained for the majority of my spare time.
I do enjoy sport having been a keen rower for many years. I am regularly involved in bike rides, running events and have walked several mountains across the UK to raise money for charities.
2018 European Association of Robotic Colorectal Surgery Graduation
2017 Royal College of Surgeons of England Pump Priming Grant
2017 ALS ASGBI Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship
2013 Shortlisted: Norman Tanner Prize and Glaxo Travelling Fellowship, The Royal Society of Medicine
2010 Shortlisted: BJS Prize ACPGBI 2010 meeting
2009 University of Oxford teacher of year nomination
2006 The Royal Society of Medicine 2006/2007 Medical Insurance Agency Prize
The Robotisation of colorectal cancer surgery. The Digest 2019
Time to rethink surgeon-specific outcome data for Colorectal Surgeons in England: A Short Report of cross-sectional data.
International Journal of Surgery 2018
Risk stratification of Symptomatic Patients Suspected of Colorectal Cancer using Faecal and Urinary Markers Colorectal Disease 2018
Does Hyoscine improve polyp detection rate during colonoscopy? Systematic Review & Meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials
Annals of Medicine and Surgery 2018
Diagnostic accuracy of faecal biomarkers in detecting colorectal cancer and adenoma in symptomatic patients: APT 2016
Overview of robotic colorectal surgery: Current and future practical developments: WJGS 2016
A multicentre collaboration to assess the safety of laparoscopic ventral rectopexy: DCR 2015
Laparoscopic Ventral Rectopexy is an effective treatment for solitary rectal ulcer syndrome when associated with rectal prolapse: CRD 2014
Factors influencing laparoscopic colorectal operative duration and its effect on clinical outcome: SEPT 2012
Emergency surgical handover: are we breaching the Data Protection Act? Annals RCS 2012
Doppler-guided Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation with Recto anal repair: a new technique for the treatment of symptomatic haemorrhoids. IJCRD 2010
The effect of colorectal cancer upon host peripheral immune cell function:CRD 2010
The impact of surgery upon immunological function: a comparison between minimally invasive techniques and conventional laparotomy for the surgical resection of colorectal tumours: AmJS 2009
Review article: immune suppression and colorectal cancer: APT 2006
The correlation between colorectal cancer rates of proliferation and apoptosis and systemic cytokine levels; plus their influence upon survival: BJC 2006
Overlapping Anal Sphincter Repair and Anterior Levatorplasty: Effect of patient’s age and duration of follow up. IJCRD 2006
Courses offered to GPs
Explaining Two Week Wait referral guidelines for colorectal cancer
FIT and colorectal cancer
Future of robotic colorectal surgery
Hernia Surgery including the use of mesh
- FRCS (Gen Surg) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2011
- MD University of London 2008
- MBBS University of London 2000
- Certification of Completion of Training General Medical Council 2013
- BSc (Hons) University of London 1997
- JAG Colonoscopy Accreditation JETS 2013
- European Assocaition of Robotic Colorectal Surgeons Graduate EARCS 2018
Reference number 4715818
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Surgery, 2013
Affiliations / memberships
- BMI The Meriden Hospital
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- BMI The Meriden Hospital
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- The ChaseOld Milverton LaneLEAMINGTON SPACV32 6RW
- 14:00 - 17:00
- 07973 424564
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