In 1999, I graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School
with distinction in surgery. Following basic training, I spent two
years in full time surgical research, during which I developed the
Newcastle Enhanced Recovery Programme in colorectral surgery, and
designed and completed several clinical trials looking at
interventions to improve patient recovery from major surgery.
I was awarded national and international prizes for the research
and gained an MD with distinction from Newcastle University. I then
continued higher surgical training in the North East,
sub-specialising in coloproctology.
I have undertaken a year's fellowship training in colorectal
surgery in a large tertiary centre in Auckland, New Zealand. This
allowed me to gain further experience in laparoscopic colorectal
surgery and complex open intestinal failure / abdominal catastrophe
surgery with surgical nutrition.
I was appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at UHND in
April 2012. My clinical interests include colorectal cancer,
enhanced recovery after surgery and surgical nutrition. I am
clinical lead for colorectal cancer and clinical governance lead
for general surgery.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community