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Colorectal Surgery Team

Consultant Colorectal Surgeons at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Consultant Surgeons

Professor Chris Cunningham

BSc (Hons) MBChB MD FRCSEd

Chris Cunningham has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Oxford since 2000.

His major areas of clinical practice are the management of rectal cancer and pelvic floor disorders. He has a particular interest in organ-preserving approaches in early rectal cancer through local excision (transanal endoscopic microsurgery [TEM]).

He teaches and lectures on all aspects of rectal cancer management, pelvic floor disorders and minimally invasive surgery and has published widely on these topics. He is co-investigator in several studies of rectal cancer management in the UK.

At a national level, he has held posts with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Association of Coloproctology of UK and Ireland, the NHS National Cancer Action Team, Low Rectal Cancer Programme (LOREC) and the Department of Health LAPCO programme for training laparoscopic colorectal surgeons.

He is currently a member of NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Group, the NHS Colorectal Cancer Clinical Reference Group and the Policy Group of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Special interests

  • Management of colon cancer
  • Management of rectal cancer, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), total mesorectal excision (TME)
  • Minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and transanal surgery
  • Management of faecal incontinence, obstructed defaecation and pelvic pain
  • Pelvic floor surgery, including prolapse surgery
  • Surgery for haemorrhoids, fissure and fistula
  • Colonoscopy

Mr Ian Lindsey

MBBS FRACS

Ian Lindsey qualified from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and undertook his surgical training in Australia. On arrival in Oxford, he began research into pelvic dysfunction for which he received numerous prizes. He was appointed consultant colorectal surgeon in Oxford in 2002.

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including five randomised controlled trials, 12 book chapters, a textbook of pelvic floor disorders and given numerous international invited lectures. He is Honorary Program Secretary for the UK National Pelvic Floor Society and is internationally recognised for his major contribution to the understanding and developing of new treatments for colorectal pelvic floor disorders.

Special interests

  • Management of faecal incontinence, obstructed defaecation and pelvic pain
  • Pelvic floor surgery, including prolapse surgery
  • Management of colon and rectal cancer
  • Minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and transanal surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Surgery for haemorrhoids, fissure and fistula
  • Colonoscopy

Mr Oliver Jones

MA BM BCh DM FRACS

Oliver Jones undertook junior doctor training in Oxford, Glasgow, Cambridge and London, including St Marks Hospital. He undertook registrar training in the Wessex region before completing his training at the world-renowned Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia. This gave him a unique experience in complex laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery for benign and malignant disease, offering safe surgery with improved cosmetic results and faster recovery compared to conventional surgery.

He was awarded an MD degree for his research into mechanisms of faecal continence and defecation, their disorders and treatments. His research won prizes including the BJS Prize at the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI), the Norman Tanner Prize at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and culminated in the election as a Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Mr Jones has published a book and almost a hundred journal articles and book chapters. He is currently the Colorectal Lead for Endometriosis in Oxford (the EndoCaRe Centre Oxford). He is chairman of the Pelvic Floor Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). He is the current Clinical Director for Surgery.

Special interests

  • Management of faecal incontinence, obstructed defaecation and pelvic pain
  • Pelvic floor surgery, including prolapse surgery
  • Surgery for haemorrhoids, fissure and fistula
  • Management of colon and rectal cancer
  • Minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and transanal surgery
  • Surgery fissure, fistula and haemorrhoids including HALO, DG-HAL and haemorrhoidectomy
  • Colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and upper GI endoscopy
  • Surgery for endometriosis where it involves the colon or rectum
Oliver Jones

Mr David James

MBBS BSc (Hons) PhD FRCS

Mr James qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2003 with Distinction in Surgery. During his time in medical school, he also completed a BSc (hons) 1st Class Degree and was awarded the Huggett Prize for best BSc.

Following junior surgical training on the St Mary's Hospital Basic Surgical Rotation, Mr James completed a PhD investigating the ergonomics of robotic surgery under the supervision of Professor the Lord Darzi at the prestigious Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College, London. He subsequently undertook his higher surgical training in the Oxford Deanery. Mr James was awarded the ASGBI Gold medal for outstanding performance in the FRCS examination in 2016.

Mr James then undertook two highly prestigious world-renowned Colorectal Fellowships. The first year was spent training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA. The second year was at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, Australia.

During his Fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic, Mr James was trained in robotic colorectal surgery, advanced and recurrent rectal cancer and complex tertiary referral colorectal surgery.

Whilst in Brisbane, David gained experience in advanced minimally-invasive colorectal surgery. He has published a book chapter, numerous peer-reviewed clinical articles and has presented nationally and internationally on colorectal surgery.

Special interests

  • Robotic surgery
  • Colon and rectal cancer surgery
  • Minimally-invasive surgery
  • Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)
Mr David James

Mr Bruce George

MS FRCS

Mr Bruce George is Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford.

He qualified from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College in 1984 and trained in general and colorectal surgery in London and Oxford. He was awarded the Moynihan Prize by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 1992 and the Arris and Gale Lectureship in 1994 by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has been the Chief Examiner in Surgery for medical student final examinations since 2017.

His major clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, complex abdominal fistulae and the surgical management of short bowel syndrome. He is one of the few surgeons in Europe offering continent ileostomy reconstruction.

He is President of the Kangaroo club, a patient-run association for people with ileoanal pouches and a trustee of the charity OCCTOPUS which supports education, research and new technology in colorectal diseases.

Special interests

  • Crohn's disease
  • Ileo-anal pouch construction for ulcerative colitis
  • Continent ileostomy (Kock pouch) reconstruction
  • Complex abdominal and anal fistulae
  • Colorectal support to small bowel transplant team
  • Proctology
  • Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy
Mr Bruce George

Mr Stephen Boyce

BA MBBS FRCS PhD MEd

Stephen Boyce has medical degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Newcastle upon Tyne. Most of his consequent training in surgery was in Scotland; in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was awarded a PhD in cancer biology from Edinburgh University and a Masters in Surgical Education from Imperial College London. He undertook specialist minimally-invasive colorectal surgery Fellowships in Sydney and Brisbane.

He has been a Consultant Surgeon since 2015. His predominant interest is in minimally-invasive techniques for treating patients with rectal cancer, including robotic surgery.

He is the current Clinical Lead for the Department of Colorectal Surgery.

Special interests

  • Management of colon cancer
  • Management of rectal cancer, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), total mesorectal excision (TME)
  • Minimally-invasive, laparoscopic, robotic and transanal surgery
  • Colonoscopy
Mr Stephen Boyce

Ms Helen Jones

MMedScim FRCSEd Dip Obstetrics MBChB

Helen Jones is a Specialty Doctor in Colorectal Surgery.

Her major area of clinical practice is proctology. She is also involved in research.

Special interests

  • Surgery for haemorrhoids, fissure and fistula
  • Surgery for pilonidal disease
Helen Jones

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