MA(Hons Cantab), MS(Lond), FRCS(Eng), EBSQ (Coloproctology)
- Specialties: general and colorectal surgery
- Special clinical interests: functional pelvic floor disorders (anal pain, itching, bleeding), faecal incontinence, colonoscopy.
- Academic interests: bowel flora and inflammatory bowel disease, disorders of defaecation.
- Current post: consultant colorectal surgeon, Good Hope Hospital, Heart of England Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Birmingham University.
- Membership of professional bodies: Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Association of Surgeons, General Medical Council No 3260214, Medical Protection Society, British Medical Association.
As a consultant, I have over ten years experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon, rectum and anus (the large bowel). I have performed over 400 major large bowel resections, mainly for bowel cancer.
I have an interest in disorders of defaecation and the pelvic floor. Symptoms of anal irritation, piles, rectal bleeding, constipation and difficulty in opening bowels are extremely common. They are usually due to benign causes but can be challenging to treat. I have access to state of the art techniques to help with the diagnosis and treatment of these problems.
With colleagues, I have established a pelvic floor group to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to these problems. I have introduced sacral nerve stimulation as a minimally invasive treatment for faecal incontinence to Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT).
Colonoscopy (inspection of the bowel with a camera) is frequently used to diagnose bowel disorders. This can be an uncomfortable or even painful procedure and so I routinely ask a Consultant Anaesthetist to provide sedation during the procedure, rendering it completely pain free. This also helps me attain a completion rate (inspection of the whole large bowel) of greater than 90%.
I employ a number of techniques to treat haemorrhoids (piles) including stapled haemorrhoidectomy (pph), which can be performed as a day case procedure.
As general surgeon I also regularly repair hernias, remove gall bladders and stones, using key-hole surgery, and excise skin lesions under local anaesthetic.
If surgery is required this can be performed at Spire Hospital, Little Aston. Alternatively, for those insured by the Police Health Scheme, you can be seen at the Sutton Medical Consulting Suite (Ashfurlong Medical Centre) and undergo investigations/surgery at the BMI Priory Hospital in Edgbaston.
I am Lead Colorectal Cancer Surgeon for HEFT and responsible for ensuring best practice is followed in treating cancer of the large bowel. I am Clinical Lead for the West Midlands cancer peer review and sit on the Independent Health Care Committee of the Association of Coloproctology.
From 2003 – 2008, I sat on the Patient Liaison Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons. I have been awarded a number of clinical excellence points by Good Hope Hospital.
I was appointed as consultant coloproctologist to Good Hope Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Birmingham University in 1998.
I trained at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University and the Royal London Hospital. Prior, to my Consultant appointment, I was Lecturer in Surgery at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.
In 1998, the Royal College of Surgeons of England appointed me Hunterian Professor, for my research into colonic flora and inflammatory bowel disease.
In 2000, I passed the European sub-specialty exam in coloproctology (EBSQ).
I am married with three children and live in Sutton Coldfield.
Outside medicine, my interests include music especially choral and opera, reading biographies and wine. I enjoy running and have completed the Sutton Fun Run for the past 10 years. I am a Christian, enjoying the fellowship of Lichfield Cathedral and Aldridge Parish Church.