James Wheeler graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff in 1992. He completed his early years of surgical training in Cardiff, before he went on to complete specialist surgical training in Colorectal and General Surgery at Oxford. He spent two years in full time research at the Institute of Molecular Medicine which led to an MD for work entitled “Epigenetics, mismatch repair genes and colorectal cancer”, and the award of the title of Hunterian Professor.
He was appointed as a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Cheltenham General Hospital in 2003. He was appointed to his current post as Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in 2013.
He has a strong background in the training of future surgeons and has held several appointments at both a regional and national level. He is currently an Educational Supervisor at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and has previously been a regional Training Programme Director for surgical trainees. He has held several appointments at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, including the Chair of surgical training committees. He currently sits on the Intercollegiate General Surgery Advisory Committee and is responsible for both Quality Assurance and CESR, reporting to the Joint Committee on Surgical Training of the UK.