Surgeons Profiles Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

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Tom Browne

Lead Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Broomfield Hospital

Tom's medical training began in 1980 with 6 years study at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, followed by training in general surgery, abdominal surgery and vascular surgery in Ireland, England, Wales and Australia.

He has in excess of 70 publications in accredited journals and gives regular lectures and talks to the medical profession and to the general public.

Tom has a full rotation of medical students and junior doctors permanently on his team. He founded the Out to Africa program in St Andrews hospital, facilitating cross hospital learning between University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, and his home hospital.

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Roger Motson

Consultant Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital

Roger has been performing laparoscopic surgery since the mid-1980s and was appointed Consultant Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital in 1984.

He has developed techniques for laparoscopic common bile duct exploration and incisional hernia repair and has extensive experience of laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal, hernia and colorectal surgery.

He has led the drive at Colchester for a multi-disciplinary education centre, running laparoscopic courses in Colchester since the early 1990s, as well as teaching laparoscopic surgery both in the UK and abroad.

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Ranjan Thilagarajah

Consultant Lead in Urological Surgery at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust

Ranjan trained at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London and qualified in 1990 with the MBBS Degree. After gaining a wide general surgical experience, he achieved the FRCS (Eng) qualification in 1995.

He then went on to become Urology Research Registrar at Imperial College School of Medicine, St. Mary's Hospital, London, where he studied for his Master of Surgery (MS). He achieved recognition on the Specialist Register for Urology, the FRCS (Urol), in 2001.

Ranjan was subsequently appointed as consultant urological surgeon at Broomfield Hospital where he continues to work today as the Urology Lead Clinician.He has also been appointed Clinical Lead of the Da Vinci Robot Surgery Service at Mid Essex Health Trust covering a number of specialities.

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Neil Smart

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation NHS Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School

Neil completed the combined MBBS/PhD course at the University of Newcastle in 2001, winning the Philipson Scholarship for the highest mark in the final examination. He undertook basic surgical training in the North East of England where he developed a passion for colorectal surgery.

Neil moved to the South West of England in 2006 to undertake higher surgical training, passing the Intercollegiate FRCS examination in 2011. He completed his surgical training with an ACPGBI/ALSGBI laparoscopic colorectal fellowship at Colchester General Hospital in 2012.

During specialist registrar training Neil developed research interests in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery, enhanced recovery programmes and hernia surgery. He continues to have an academic interest in both clinical and translational science research, publishing and presenting at national and international meetings on a range of colorectal topics. Neil is an Associate Editor of the journal Colorectal Disease.

Tan Arulampalam

Consultant General Surgeon

Tan was awarded his Medical Degree by the University of London after five years at St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School.

His specialist Higher Surgical Training was completed at Oldchurch, Whittington, Chase Farm and Colchester Hospitals with the award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996 and Intercollegiate Exam in 2003.

During this period he undertook a two year research post at the Department of Surgery and Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London where he won a Trustees Grant to study molecular imaging of colorectal cancer. He was awarded his higher degree by thesis in 2003.

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Zafar Maan

Consultant Urological Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital

After completing a period of research as part of a Masters in Urological Surgery at UCL in 2003, Zafar entered the urology higher surgical training programme in Cambridge and Essex. This provided excellent training in prostate laser surgery, andrology and general urology.

He also undertook the sub-speciality training fellowship in Stone surgery and Endourology at St Bartholemew's Hospital and was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Colchester Hospital in November 2010.

As a stone surgery specialist Zafar is particularly interested in minimally invasive procedures using telescopes, which use the natural passageways of the urinary tract or access organs with a 'keyhole' approach.

Barry Whitlow

Consultant at Colchester University Foundation trust

Barry (MD, MRCOG) is a Consultant and Honorary Senior lecturer at Colchester University Foundation trust / Anglia Ruskin University.

He leads the Colchester endometriosis centre, specialising in advanced surgery for endometriosis. He holds the advanced diploma in Gynaecolcogical laparoscopy & has won awards for development of advanced surgical simulation trainers and retractors.

Greg Wynn BSc MD FRCS

Consultant General Surgeon at Colchester University Hospital Foundation Trust

Greg Wynn specialist interest is in colorectal surgery and he has been heavily involved in all aspects of minimal access surgery. He graduated from University College London Medical School in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has a Doctorate of Medicine from UCL after research into mechanosensory transduction in the colon, work that has increased our understanding of how pain is transmitted from the bowel to the central nervous system.

His current main academic interests are in training, rectal cancer and natural orifice surgery and has undertaken fellowships in rectal cancer in Sao Paulo, advanced minimal access surgery in Hong Kong and in natural orifice surgery in Rio de Janeiro. He is a national trainer in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and a member of faculty for the LAPCO Train The Trainer courses

He is currently pushing the boundaries of minimal access surgery by performing natural orifice specimen extraction for left sided colorectal resections

He is also leading the world's first virtual reality laparoscopic colorectal training curriculum where trainees can develop their technical skills to defined benchmarks by performing operations in a virtual environment. It is hoped this process will shorten training times and increase patient safety. He currently leads the gastrointestinal module for the MSc in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University.

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Adam Howard BSc FRCS MD

Consultant Vascular, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Mr Adam Howard acquired his MBBS and BSc at the London Hospital Medical College in 1994 and later graduated as Doctor of Medicine, Imperial College in 2005 studying 'The prevention of deep vein thrombosis in surgical patients'. His surgical training was mainly in major London centres under Professor Thompson (St Georges Vascular Unit), Professor Greenhalgh (Charing Cross Hospital) and Professor Lumley (Royal London Hospital).

Mr Howard has been a consultant surgeon at Colchester (Honorary Consultant at St. Georges Hospital, London and Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford) since 2007. During this time has set up a nationally recognised Laparoscopic Aneurysm Surgery Programme, Endovenous radiofrequency varicose veins service, Fast track carotid surgery service, VTE (Venous Thromboembolism) Prevention programme and a Multidisciplinary diabetic foot vascular clinic.

He is a laparoscopic vascular surgeon who specialises in laparoscopic vascular and stent-graft aortic aneurysm (EVAR) repair at Colchester General Hospital. Mr Howard performed the first total laparoscopic repair for cyclists' pelvic arteries with endofibrosis and leaking aneurysm stent-grafts (type one endoleak laparoscopic repair).

Professor Vishy Mahadevan

Professor of Surgical Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons England

A general surgeon and research scientist by background, Professor Mahadevan has written extensively on various aspects of surgical anatomy and has lectured worldwide.

He is co-author of Clinical Anatomy and a Section Editor of Gray's Anatomy.

Vishy has over 20 years of experience of teaching human anatomy and over the years has developed a unique, flamboyant style of teaching that has inspired generations of surgeons.