Bariatric Surgeons

 

Shaw Somers

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Shaw Somers has been an NHS consultant surgeon since 1996 and specialises in Upper Gastrointestinal surgery. Before this, he was a Senior Lecturer and Honorary consultant at St James' University in Leeds and Associate Professor at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.

His bariatric surgical training started in 1994 in Leeds with Stephen Pollard, one of the UK's first obesity surgeons. Since 1998, he has provided an NHS obesity service to the South of England, initially at King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst and subsequently at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester. He now practices at centres around the South of England.

He has experience of over 2500 bariatric operations including over 1400 gastric bypasses, 700 gastric bands and 400 complex or revision procedures. His mortality rate is exemplary (less than 0.2%) despite operating on patients of extreme size (421kg - BMI 139) and with severe associated illnesses.

In addition to being a recognised trainer in Bariatric Surgery and a council member of the British Obesity Surgery Society, he has a strong academic pedigree with over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He is also an honorary reader in Surgery at the University of Portsmouth.

In addition to all this, Shaw Somers is Discovery Home & Health's 'Fat Doctor', the bariatric surgeon who battles to help the nation's seriously overweight. The job not only requires surgical expertise, but also political and educational skills in helping GP's and health commissioners understand the problems that overweight people face. With a large number of followers, he has won over many with his great charm, empathy and expertise.

 
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Guy Slater

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Guy Slater was appointed as an NHS consultant surgeon in 2004 specialising in upper GI cancer surgery, laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. He has a personal experience of over 800 bariatric procedures including over 300 laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands, 400 laparoscopic and open Roux-en-Y gastric bypasses. In common with Shaw he has a particularly interest in the super-obese patient, BMI 60 kg/m2 and above. He has an in-hospital mortality rate of zero despite operating on the biggest and most sick patients including patients with a BMI over 90 kg/m2.

Guy trained at St. George’s Hospital, London qualifying in 1990. His surgical training took place in the South West Thames Region culminating in his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2002. Guy spent 2003 in Australia completing a fellowship in Advance Laparoscopic Surgery at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, under the tutelage of George Fielding. George Fielding is one of the world’s foremost bariatric surgeons and is now based at New York University Hospital. Guy was appointed to the consultant staff at St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester in 2004.

Guy has published widely in the field of Upper Gastro-intestinal surgery including eight bariatric publications written with George Fielding. He is often invited to lecture to other healthcare professionals on bariatric surgery. He joins Shaw Somers for the third series of the Fat Doctor and has previously appeared on TV in “Fat boy to Slim” and radio with in Dr Mark Porter’s Radio 4 medical program “Casenotes”.

When not working he enjoys cycling, running and sleeping.

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Chris Pring

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Chris Pring was first appointed as an NHS Consultant Surgeon in 2008 and he is a fulltime member of the team at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester. He has been performing bariatric surgery since 2004, undertaking laparoscopic gastric band, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, revisional bariatric surgery and placement of the intragastric balloon. He has performed over 600 bariatric procedures and his mortality rate is zero.

Chris graduated from Cambridge University in 1994. He pursued specialist bariatric surgical training in Yorkshire, Brisbane and Florida. He is an active member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS). He has secured a number of NHS research grants, had a range of articles published in peer reviewed journals and he regularly presents work at national and international meetings. He is frequently invited to review articles for specialist obesity surgery journals and he often lectures to other healthcare professionals on bariatric surgery. He is a recognised trainer of bariatric surgery for the NHS.

Chris has appeared on a number of TV shows, such as Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies", Sky1 series "Fat Families" and "Fat Surgeons" on UKTV.

Chris is a strong advocate of multidisciplinary care for bariatric surgery patients. He believes in the importance of supporting and empowering patients with the knowledge to help them make the right decisions at each point of their journey.

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Marco Adamo

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Marco Adamo is a Consultant in Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the University College LondonHospital. He is a fully established and experienced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon with an international reputation and over 9 years experience in laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding. He has personally performed over 200 bariatric laparoscopic procedures including complex bariatric revisional surgery.

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Simon Toh

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Simon went to medical school at Guy’s Hospital London, and his post-graduate training has included speciality obesity. He has a particular interest in weight-loss surgery, especially the LapBand procedure which he has performed in nearly 200 patients with excellent results. His post-operative care ensures his patients understand how to work with the Lapband and get the best weight loss possible. Simon is married with three children.

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Khaled Hamdan

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Khaled Hamdan was appointed as consultant UGI & laparoscopic Brighton and Sussex University NHS hospitals and honorary consultant surgeon at Worthing Hospital in 2009. He is the lead for research for general surgery at the digestive diseases unit at The Royal Sussex County Hospital,Brighton. Khaled also holds the post of Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Khaled undertook two surgical Fellowships the first in Upper GI surgery in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and the second was awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in bariatric surgery and minimally invasive UGI cancer resection.

Khaled is surgical trained in advanced laparoscopic skills in a wide range of Upper GI procedures such as anti-reflux surgery and bariatric procedures (laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding).

He is married with 2 children and in his spare time enjoys playing squash and spending time with his family.

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Krishna Moorthy

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Krishna Moorthy has been a consultant surgeon in Imperial College, London, specialising in bariatric surgery and gastro-oesophageal cancer since 2007. He has performed over 300 laparoscopic bariatric operations. He performs the complete range of bariatric procedures with mortality and leak rates of 0% and a conversion rate of less than 1%. He also regularly performs complex laparoscopic operations for other conditions including cancer. He started his bariatric experience with a fellowship at the University Hospital St Pierre, Brussels under Prof GB Cadiere and Dr Jacques Himpens, two pioneers of laparoscopic bariatric surgery.

Krishna has organised and run training courses in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. He is regularly invited to talk and teach on bariatric surgery. Krishna's research interests are driven by a passion for improving the safety of patients and quality of care. He was on the WHO working group, which developed the surgical checklist that is now used in all NHS hospitals. He has also published widely on patient safety and team working in surgery.

Krishna believes that high quality surgical care is achieved through constantly striving to improve, a multidisciplinary approach, high standards of communication and most importantly through placing patients at the centre of his practice.

Krishna's spare time is spent running, playing squash and relaxing with his family. More recently, through his 4 year old son, he has rediscovered his love for Lego.

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Oliver Allenby-Smith

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Mr Allenby-Smith is a laparoscopic surgeon who specialises in diseases of the oesophagus and stomach. He trained across the south coast, focusing on advanced laparoscopic techniques in weight loss surgery and the management of oesophageal cancer.

He is now based at Poole Hospital and the Harbour BMI Hospital specialising in anti-reflux surgery and bariatric surgery.

When away from work he enjoys spending time with his growing young family and walking the dog in the rain!

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Richard Byrom

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Richard Byrom was appointed as an Oesophagogastric Cancer and Bariatric Surgeon at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2009. He qualified from The Royal London Hospital Medical School in 1993 and trained in Yorkshire, London and across Wessex before completing a Fellowship at the Oesophagogastric Unit at Addenbrookes, Cambridge.

Richard is trained in a wide variety of advanced Laparoscopic procedures including cancer surgery, hernia surgery, antireflux procedures, gallbladder surgery as well as Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Band surgery.

He is a member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS).

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Nick Davies

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Nick Davies has been a Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital since 1999. He is clinical lead for Oesophago-Gastric Surgery and Bariatric Surgery. He qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1985 and trained in the West Midlands, Wessex, Liverpool and Bristol before completing a fellowship year in Adelaide, South Australia.

His clinical interests are in minimally invasive surgery, weight loss surgery, gastric and oesophageal surgery (both benign and malignant), cholecystectomy and hernia surgery. He is member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and currently Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (ALS) council representative for the South and West.

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