I am a graduate of the Birmingham Medical School (1979), having previously completed an honours degree course in Physiology and Biochemistry (Hatfield, 1975). I commenced postgraduate surgical training in Newcastle upon Tyne, gaining Surgical Fellowships (FRCS) from both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of England (1983).
I was appointed to the post fellowship surgical rotation in the North West Region, at the Royal Preston Hospital and the Professorial Surgical Unit at Hope Hospital, Salford (1986).
Awarded the higher degree of MD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1988), I was appointed First Assistant and Senior Surgical Registrar to the Professorial Surgical Unit Newcastle-upon Tyne.
In 1990 for 12 months, I was Price Fellow and Attending Physician and Surgical Trauma Fellow, Professorial Surgical Unit, University of Louisville Medical School, Kentucky, USA. www.priceinstitute.com/research/fellows.html.
I have a broad list of publications on several aspects of surgery and have presented original work to learned societies in the UK and abroad.
I am an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh for the IMRCS examination.
I am an Examiner for the Intercollegiate Speciality Board in General and Colorectal Surgery. http://www.intercollegiate.org.uk.