Dr Gemma Conn

Gastronintestinal System Block Lead, School of Medicine

Consultant colorectal/general surgeon

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:School of Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

Gemma is a consultant colorectal and general surgeon with an interest in minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopic and robotic surgery, with a career long interest in education at the post and undergraduate level.

Research interests

  • Clinical research

Areas of research supervision

Gemma was a site investigator for the National Small Bowel Obstruction audit and Emergency Laparotomy and Frailty Audit and has supervised a thesis project for one student for the Anglia Ruskin University Masters course in minimally invasive surgery.


  • Unit Training Lead for general surgery.
  • College Tutor, December 2014-present.
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, 2012 to 2014.
  • Module lead for gastrointestinal module, module tutor for core module, Minimally Invasive Masters, Anglia Ruskin University,  2012-2015.
  • Faculty TRACE course, Laparoscopic Core Skills and Basic Surgical Skills.
  • Educational supervisor core surgical training and foundation.
  • National selection panelist ST3 and core training surgery, ARCP panelist.


  • MBChB Leeds
  • MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons
  • PGCE, University College London 
  • MSc, University College London 
  • FRCS, Royal College of Surgeons

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • Association of Coloproctologists,  Great Britain and Ireland

Selected recent publications

Lawlor D, Burke J, Bouskill E, Conn G, Edwards P, Gillespie D. Do travel agents provide adequate health advice for travellers? British Journal of General Practice. July 2000; 50, 567-568.

Moorjani N, Ring N, Conn G, Rahamim J. Virtual bronchoscopy and 3D CT reconstruction in management of kyphosis induced tracheal compression. Thorax, March 2004; 59, 272.

Junemann-Ramirez M, Conn G, Marshall A, Marchbank A. Video assisted cardioscopy in a patient with left ventricular tumour of unknown aetiology. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Apr 2005, 4, 123-125.

The Vascular Interface: Is There An Alternative to Systemic Anticoagulation? Conn. G, Kidane. A, Salacinski. H, Punshon. G, Seifalian. A. Experimental Medical Devices.3 (2) 2006 245-261

Book chapter. Dressings. Basic Surgical Skills and Techniques. Gemma Conn and Vanessa Brown. Eds Jain, Stoker. Jaypee Publishers, New Deli. 2008

Book Chapter. Surgery. Stoma Care. A. Windsor and G. Conn. Eds J.Birch.  Publishers Wiley and son. 2008

Consenting practice for inguinal hernia repair; Are we failing to warn patients of serious complications? H. Towse, M. Hoosein, G. Conn, D. Stoker. Annals Royal College of Surgeons.2008

Book Chapter. Liver Malignancy. Oxford Handbook of Surgical Oncology. Eds Chaudry and Winslet. Oxford University Press.2009

Book Chapter. Assess and Progress Series; Surgery. Head and neck, tropical surgery and vascular questions. Eds N. Borley. Oxford University Press.

Surgery and Obstetric care are highly cost-effective interventions’ in a Sub-Saharan hospital: a three month single institution study of surgical costs and outcomes. G. Roberts, C. Roberts, A. Jamieson,  C. Grimes, G. Conn, R. Bleichrodt. World Journal of Surgery. Jan 2016

Recent presentations and conferences

John A, Conn G, Marchbank A. Prospective randomised control trial using intermittent pneumatic compression to donor legs after long saphenous vein harvest. Oral presentation. Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery Meeting, Guernsey, March 2004. The Peninsula Cardiothoracic Meeting, October 2003.

Endo bronchial surgery in malignant airway obstruction. Poster. Peninsula mesothelioma and lung cancer meeting, 2004. Awarded Prize.

Variations In Apoptosis Gene Expression by Two Different Chemotherapeutic Agents in Gastrointestinal Malignancy. Conn. G, Malik. A, Sales. K, Winslet. M. Poster. Society of Academic and Research Surgery, Edingburgh, 2006.

Role of the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway in oxaliplatin and cisplatin mediated toxicity in human HT29 colorectal cancer cells. Malik. A, Dijk. S, Taanen. J-W, Sales. K, Conn. G, Fuller. B, Davidson. B. Poster. Society of Academic and Research Surgery, Edinburgh, 2006,

Does differential apoptosis induction in colorectal and oesophageal cancer cells by platinum compounds explain the differing usefulness of these drugs in chemotherapy? Conn.G, Sales.K, Dijk.S, Malik.A, Winslet.M. Poster. Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Edinburgh, 2006.

Venous and arterial ulceration. Conn. G, Brown. V. Vascular Study Day for General Practitioners. Oral presentation. North Middlesex University Hospital 2008.

Consenting Practice for Appendicectomy. Brown. V, Chidrawar. S, Garcia. P, Dias. L, Conn. G, Myint.F, Poster. International College of Surgeons, Vienna, 2008

Antibiotic use in appendicectomy. Pereira. A, Conn. G, Dua. S, Poster. International College of Surgeons, Vienna, 2008

Laparoscopic colectomy in ulcerative colitis. Conn. G, Bew. D, Glover. J, Dworkin. M. Poster. European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, Prague, June 2009. Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Glasgow, May 2009

Small bowel magnetic resonance imaging without nasogastric intubation. G. Conn, M. Junemann-Ramirez, M. Dworkin, S. Jain. Oral presentation, European Society of Coloproctology, Sorrento, 2010

Laparoscopic colorectal training exposure across Europe. G. Conn, S. Gupta, R.W. Motson. Poster. European Society of Coloproctology, Sorrento, 2010

The learning curve for TEMS. K. Oakland, N. Pawa, G. Conn, M. Tutton. Poster. Association Laparoscopic Surgeons. Nottingham, 2010

Enhanced recovery after rectal surgery. N Pawa, T Manickavasagar, G Conn, M Tutton, THA Arulampalam, RW Motson. Poster. European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, Turin 2010.

Anxiety and depression in patients undergoing major colorectal surgery. GK Wartemberg, L Henderson, G Conn, N Richardson. Poster. Association of Surgeons Great Britain and Ireland, Liverpool 2012

The benefits of volunteering (my time in Zambia) G. Conn, Association of Surgeons Great Britain and Ireland, Harrogate 2014

The Challenges of conducting research in a rural Zambian Hospital. C. Gunner, G.Conn.  Association of Surgeons in Training 2016 (won Global Surgery poster prize) Liverpool

Core surgical trainee and rest audit. N. Wong, G.Conn, Accepted for presentation at ASIT 2018