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.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital