I have recently been appointed as a Consultant in General and Colorectal Surgery at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, with a subspecialty interest in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery. I have received my higher surgical training in the North West, and have experienced the breadth of subspecialty colorectal practice, training in both tertiary referral and district general units. I've had specific training in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, intestinal failure, enhanced recovery and TEMS. In addition to my subspecialty training, I manage both elective and emergency general surgical conditions.
My specialist interests include:
• Laparoscopic and open colorectal resections for benign and malignant disease
• Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
• Benign proctology, including fissure and fistula in ano
• Pilonidal disease (Bascom’s procedure and Bascom’s cleft lift)
• Management of haemorrhoids, including Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation (HALO)
• Abdominal wall hernia
• Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
As part of my training, I spent two years in full time research leading to the award of MD. During this time I led the research project, obtained research grants, and was awarded the prestigious BJS prize at the Association of Coloproctology meeting in 2008. I have published widely; nine first author papers, and a book chapter in a recommended intercollegiate text.
I've been involved in some high profile service improvement projects, including a current position on the project team of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), and a lead role in the production of the Royal College Commissioning Guidance for Emergency General Surgery.
I enjoy hiking, cycling, running, cooking and spending time with my young family.