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Last updated: 25 Jun 2020
I am a consultant thoracic surgeon and qualified at Sheffield University in 1993. I undertook higher surgical training in cardiothoracic surgery in Yorkshire and was appointed to a substantive consultant position in 2007 in one of the largest regional centres for thoracic surgery in Europe.
I perform the full range of thoracic surgery, covering both benign and malignant conditions. The bulk of my practice involves treating people with primary lung cancer and metastatic cancer that has spread to the lungs. I perform minimally invasive (key-hole) surgery where possible. I am part of the team in Leeds involved with the surgical treatment of Emphysema, including Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and Endobronchial Valves, as part of a multi-disciplinary approach.
I have an interest in Chest Trauma including fixation of rib fractures where appropriate. I am also involved in the surgical correction of chest wall deformities.
I am particularly interested in quality of life after thoracic surgery, and patient satisfaction, including reducing hospital length of stay. I recognise the importance of continuous professional development to ensure that I am delivering the highest standard of care to my patients.
I am heavily involved in Education and Training and am clinical and educational supervisor to junior and higher cardiothoracic surgical trainees in Yorkshire.
Areas of interest
Minimal access / invasive surgery; Lung cancer, including diagnostic procedures, radical and palliative treatments; Treatment of lung metastases; Benign pleural and pulmonary disease, including surgery for Pneumothorax; Surgical treatments of Emphysema including Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and Endobronchial Valves; Chest trauma including rib fracture fixation; Chest wall deformities; Innovations in Thoracic Surgery
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Ashok Elayaperumal Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
St James's University Hospital, Leeds
I am involved in an on-going study in Leeds looking at early diagnosis of lung cancer. This is aimed at identifying patients at an earlier and therefore potentially more treatable stage.
Mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos, is increasing. We have not yet reached the peak incidence of this as yet incurable disease. I am the principal investigator in Leeds of a study looking at the role of radical surgery in this condition.
My overriding passion is spending time with my young family. I also enjoy travelling, eating out and fine wine (time permitting). I am a novice skier and have been for over 15 years!
Courses offered to GPs
I have spoken to GP groups on Surgical Management of Lung Cancer.
I would happily speak to GPs on any of the topics within my Speciality.
- MB ChB Sheffield University 1993
- FRCSEd Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1998
- FRCS(CTh) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2006
Reference number 4037875
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2007
Affiliations / memberships
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery for GB & Ireland
European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, LS1 3EB
- 10:00 - 12:30
- 0113 206 8760
- Spire Leeds Hospital, LS8 1NT
- 14:30 - 17:30
- 0113 206 8760
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.