I am a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, South Wales, with a specialist interest in colorectal cancer and pelvic floor surgery. I am the lead for pelvic floor and functional bowel in Cwm Taf University Health Board and have established a multidisciplinary team in Cwm Taf as part of this.
I have an active research interest in cancer / pelvic floor, in particular translational aspects and outcomes following in surgery.
I am the Chief Investigator for PARiS (Physiotherapy for Anterior Resection Syndrome) and PerMet (Patient Perspectives on Peritoneal Metastasis Treatments). I am a co-investigator for HART (Hughes Abdominal Repair Trial) which is a multicentre RCT designed to assess the incidence of incisional hernias in patients with a midline incision for colorectal cancer surgery in two different arms; mass closure and the Hughes repair (a modified mattress suture). The group was awarded a HTA NIHR grant of £1.1million and recruitment is currently ongoing.
I went to medical school in Cardiff, University Hospital of Wales, going onto general surgical training in London and Wales. I gained an MD from Imperial College, London, under the supervision of Professor Paris Tekkis. My MD Thesis on “Inflammatory bowel disease and female reproductive health” focused on the impact of IBD on functional outcomes and quality of life in women following restorative proctocolectomy.