I am a consultant general and upper gastro-intestinal surgeon (since March 2001) at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. My practice includes bariatric (weight loss) surgery, and this has become a bigger part of my surgical practice in recent years. My additional surgical interests include laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery for gallstones and anti-reflux surgery, and the surgical repair of abdominal wall hernias of all types including complex incisional hernias. My complex incisional hernia repair practice has an international referral base. My post includes the responsibility for the care and management of general surgical emergencies including major trauma and day case surgery. I also undertake general surgery and upper gastro-intestinal surgery within the private sector based at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh.
I started medico-legal work (medical negligence and personal injury) in 2002. I have enjoyed this journey, analysing cases which continue to educate and warn my clinical practice.
I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. I represent this College on SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) Council and also serve on the SIGN Strategy Group. I am a member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons, the British Hernia Society (of which I am Education Secretary) the European Hernia Society and the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society.
I have presented and published clinical and scientific research in the areas of laparoscopic surgery, gallstone disease, upper gastrointestinal malignancy, hernias and acute pancreatitis.
I am a regular referee of papers submitted for publication to the ‘British Journal of Surgery’ (for which I serve on the Editorial Board), the ‘World Journal of Surgery’ and ‘Hernia’. I am also on the Editorial Board of a start up journal, the ‘Journal of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction’.
I have written a number of book chapters on gastro-intestinal disorders and hernia.
I co-hosted the Second Annual Meeting of the British Hernia Society, November 2005, in Edinburgh. As Education Secretary, I continue to have a major input into the educational program of meetings supported by the BHS. I was Joint Congress President for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the European Hernia Society which we held in Edinburgh. This was awarded “Best Conference 2014” at the Scottish Events Awards 2014.
I am asked to lecture regularly at local, national and international conferences within my areas of interest, and in particular, hernia surgery.