RD, MD, FRCSEd, BSc
Year of first medical qualification
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society, Council Member
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons
Northumbria Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Training
European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
I trained in general surgery in Scotland undergoing basic training in and around Edinburgh. My final years were spent in Dundee, one of the founding centres of laparoscopic surgery. I was privileged to train under the guidance of Prof Cuschieri, one of the pioneers of laparoscopic surgery in the UK. I was appointed as the first consultant general surgeon with an upper gastrointestinal interest to Sunderland Royal Hospital on 1st January 1998 where I introduced laparoscopic surgery for reflux disease and obesity surgery.
I have a particular interest in minimal access surgery and was quick to recognise the benefits of keyhole surgery in the management of obesity, establishing a North of England NHS referral service at Sunderland serving a population in excess of 3 million. I perform over 100 obesity procedures a year. This number continues to grow.