MBBCh FRCS (Eng) MSc MAcadMEd
Year of first medical qualification: 2002
I qualified in 2002 from the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff. I completed my specialist training in General and Colorectal surgery within the Wales Deanery. I have since completed a Royal College of Surgeons approved Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship endorsed by the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ALSGBI) and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI). This fellowship, with Professor Sagar in Leeds, enabled me to gain expertise in laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery, complex pelvic oncology surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and complex proctology.
I have also completed an Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, and was awarded a traveling fellowship which enabled me to visit the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the world-leading Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
I am a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and perform operating lists and clinics at Royal Gwent Hospital, Nevill Hall Hospital and Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan. My specialist interests include minimally invasive and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, hernia surgery, and proctology including surgery for haemorrhoids, fistulas, and fissures.
I am a JAG (Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) accredited colonoscopist with extensive endoscopic experience. I maintain a caecal intubation rate of over 95% and am competent in endoscopic mucosal resection of polyps.
I am the only surgeon at St Joseph's to offer Trans-anal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialization (THD) for the treatment of haemorrhoids (piles). This method is suitable for the treatment of the majority of grades of haemorrhoids and is a less painful alternative to traditional haemorrhoidectomy.
I am passionate about medical and surgical education. During my surgical training, I completed a Masters degree (MSc) in Medical Education at Cardiff University for which I received a Distinction. I have continued to develop this interest as a consultant. I am the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Tutor for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. This role is crucial in supporting junior and advanced Medical Education.
I have been the Lead for Emergency Surgery within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board since 2015. This is a rapidly developing and significant area of surgery that I feel passionately about. Advancing and improving the standard of care for acutely ill surgical patients within the Gwent area, I feel, is vitally important. I am currently involved in the planning of emergency surgical services for the soon to be opened critical care centre at Llanfrechfa.
Conditions and treatments offered include:
Transanal Haemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD/HALO), Haemorrhoid ligation,
Inguinal hernia surgery,
Umbilical/paraumbilical hernia surgery,
Incisional hernia surgery,
Femoral hernia surgery,
Ventral hernia surgery,
Epigastric hernia surgery,
Pelvic floor disorder treatment,
Rectal prolapse treatment,
Pilonidal sinus treatment,
Colonoscopy (including polypectomy),
Colorectal cancer treatment,
Diverticular disease treatment,
Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s),
Removal of lumps and bumps,
Lymph node biopsy.
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons,
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland,
Joint Advisory Group on GI endoscopy (JAG) – Fully accredited colonoscopist,
Member of the Academy of Medical Educators,
Welsh Association of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (WAGE),
Welsh Surgical Society,
British Hernia Society.
I am a proud Welshman and Welsh speaker. I am happily married to Bryony and we have three young children. I enjoy various sports, including rugby, cycling, skiing and triathlon. I have previously played rugby for various teams including the Cardiff Medicals RFC and Clwb Rygbi Cymru Caerdydd.
I now keep fit by mountain biking, running and more recently competing in various triathlons. I also enjoy music and try to play the guitar whenever I have time (which is not often these days)!
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery - I have completed a dedicated Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England which has trained me in keyhole surgery for colonic and rectal disorders. Performing operations with smaller incisions is a crucial element of enhanced recovery in colorectal and general surgery and result in less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to normal daily activities.
Colorectal (bowel) and Pelvic Oncology - the Fellowship I completed in Leeds with Professor Sagar and also the Fellowship in Morriston Hospital, Swansea have provided me with a high level of training in the management of colorectal (bowel) cancers.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease - I have an interest in the surgical management of patients with Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Again, many of these operations can be performed laparoscopically. I am a JAG (Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) accredited colonoscopist and am therefore competent to a standard commensurate with independent specialist practice.
Patient, "A short note to show our appreciation for the excellent care taken of me before and after my operation. And thank you for the personal attention you gave to me on the day of the operation. I really cannot thank you enough."
Patient, "Thank you to you and your excellent team who have bought me through my colon cancer problem. My heartfelt thanks for all you have done for me."
Patient, "Thank you for all you have done for me."
Patient's daughter, "Thank you for the personal care you have shown my mother. It is very much appreciated."
Junior Doctor, "Many thanks for your guidance over the last 4 months. It has been a pleasure to work with such a nice team."