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Qualifications: FRCS(Gen) (1998), MD (1996), FRCS (1992), MB BS (1988), BSc (1985)

GMC Number: 3291137

Clinical Areas of Interest: Service provision and quality of care

Regional Chapter: South Wales


Rachel Hargest qualified at Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School and undertook surgical training in London, Johannesburg and Toronto. In 2000 she returned to Wales as consultant surgeon in Abergavenny and moved to University Hospital of Wales in 2007. She runs a busy colorectal surgery practice with specialist interests in Intestinal Failure, Familial Cancers and Anal Cancer. She has a wide range of research interests and has supervised over 20 higher degrees. In 2017 she was awarded the Silver Scalpel for excellence as a surgical trainer. Miss Hargest is an active member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) – Council member for Sections of Surgery and Gastroenterology. She was elected to the RSM Council from 2011 -2018 and was Honorary Treasurer for 5 years. She is also an elected Council member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.