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Education and training

Robert studied Medicine at Downing College, Cambridge (1990-95), and was awarded the Whitby Medical Scholarship in 1992.

After basic medical training at the Royal Free Hospital in London (1998-2000), he became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

From 2001 to 2004, he pursued his research interest in the evaluation and staging of patients with primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), for which he was subsequently awarded a Doctorate of Medicine.

After undertaking General Surgery specialist registrar training in South London, Kent and Sussex, he followed his long-term ambition to practise in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery, and spent three years undergoing Fellowship training at King’s College and the Royal London Hospitals, including one year as a Liver Transplant Fellow.

He acted as Locum Consultant Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital from April to December 2010, before commencing a substantive appointment as Consultant in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (January 2011).

In November 2011, Robert was awarded an Aesculap Endoscopy Travelling Fellowship by the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (ALSGBI) and visited the Asan Medical Center and Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. He intends to lead the development of the laparoscopic liver and pancreatic resection programme in Birmingham over the coming years.

Clinical practice

Spectrum of conditions treated

- Gallbladder diseases (gallstones, cholecystitis, gallbladder cancer)

  1. -Liver diseases (liver cysts, liver adenoma, primary and secondary liver tumours, including hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, liver trauma)

  2. -Bile duct diseases (bile duct stones, bile duct strictures, bile duct injury, Mirizzi’s syndrome, choledochal cyst, bile duct tumours)

  3. -Pancreatic diseases (acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pseudocyst, benign and malignant pancreatic tumours, pancreatic cancer, cystic pancreatic tumours, IPMN)

Procedures undertaken

  1. -Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)

  2. -Bile duct exploration

  3. -Laparoscopic treatment of liver cysts

  4. -Open and laparoscopic liver resections (hepatectomy)

  5. -Open and laparoscopic pancreatic resections (Whipple’s procedure, pylorus-preserving pancreatico-duodenectomy, distal pancreatectomy)

  6. -Surgical treatment of chronic pancreatitis

  7. -Open and laparoscopic repair of abdominal wall hernias

  8. -Biliary reconstructive surgery (Roux-en-Y hepatico-jejunostomy)