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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Lower GI surgery
- Accredited endoscopist
Mr Richard Baker offers a general surgical and coloproctology service. His particular area of expertise is in bowel problems. His main areas of interest are advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques in the treatment of colonic and rectal (bowel) cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as specialist disease of the anus and anal canal including haemorrhoids (piles), fissures and fistula.
He also offers a comprehensive approach to the management of abdominal and groin hernias, mainly using laparoscopic techniques.
Mr Baker did his undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds Medical School and completed his basic surgical training in Hull. Mr Baker did his higher surgical training in the Yorkshire region as well as a senior fellowship at the world renowned specialist centre for coloproctology St Marks Hospital in London.
Currently Mr Baker is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon and the Clinical Director of the Abdominal Medicine and Surgery clinical service unit at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.
Before taking up the Clinical Director role he was the lead clinician for the Leeds bowel cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) and the Lead Clinician for the John Goligher Colorectal unit. The Leeds MDT has one of the highest volumes of cancer work in the county and Mr Baker has performed over 400 cancer resections with excellent results (See NBOCAP audit data).
He is the lead surgeon in the treatment of Squamous cell carcinoma of the Anus for the Yorkshire region. He also runs the Bowel cancer screening programme in Leeds and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country who is a screening accredited colonoscopist
Areas of interest
Abdominal Pain; Abdominal Problems; Abdominal Swelling; Altered Bowel Habits; Anal Abscess; Anal Fissure; Anal Tear; Anterior Resection; Anus and Rectum; Bowel (Faecal) Incontinence; Bowel Cancer; Bowel Disease; Bowel Obstruction; Coeliac Disease; Colon cancer; Colonoscopy; Colorectal Cancer; Colorectal Screening; Colorectal Surgery; Constipation; Crohn's Disease; Diagnostic Endoscopy; Diarrhoea; Diverticulitis; Epigastric pain; Flexible Sigmoidoscopy; Gastrointestinal Tract; Haemorrhoidectomy; Haemorrhoids; Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis; Incontinence; Indigestion (Dyspepsia); Polypectomy; Rectal Bleeding; Rectal Prolapse; Stomach Ulcer; Therapeutic Endoscopy; Ulcerative Colitis; Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy;
- Elaine Ingham
- Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital 2 Leighton Street LEEDS LS1 3EB
- 0113 388 2009
Anaesthetists worked with
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Leeds teaching Hospital NHS Trust
St James University Hospital
Leeds General Infirmary
Wharfdale general Hospital
He gained his MD after a period of postgraduate research at the University of Hull researching the genetic origins of colorectal cancer and the impact of laparoscopic surgery on its management.
Mr Baker is the principle investigator of a large randomised controlled trial examining the role of aspirin and fish oils in bowel polyp growth. He is an enthusiastic contributor to a number of trials including trials on the management of anal fistulae, the use of robotic surgery in rectal cancer and the value of (laparoscopic) keyhole surgery techniques in emergency bowel diseases.
He has published numerous peer reviewed papers.
Mr Baker is actively involved in the teaching and training of medical students and junior trainee surgeons. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds.
He is the surgical tutor for the higher surgical trainees at St James University hospital, a position that gives him a place on the Yorkshire regional training committee.
Mr Baker Lives in Leeds with his wife and two children.
He enjoys cycling, live music and plays the guitar.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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- MB ChB University of Leeds 1996
- MD University of Hull 2004
- FRCS Royal college of surgeons of Edinburgh 2006
Reference number 4307110
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCT general surgery, 2006
Affiliations / memberships
British medical association
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
- Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, LS1 3EB
- 17:00 - 21:00
- 0113 388 2193
- Spire Leeds Hospital, LS8 1NT
- 18:30 - 21:00
- 0113 388 2193
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