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Consultants


Our colorectal consultants have spent many years developing a world class service for pelvic floor disorders. Together they have operated on thousands of men and women, and they are often invited to lecture at national and international courses and conferences to share their knowledge. They are actively engaged in teaching and in research programmes, and are dedicated to continually improving this field of surgery.


Chris Cunningham

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

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Qualifications:

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCSEd

Medical School:

University of Edinburgh, 1987

Professional Profile:

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 leads the service for colorectal cancer in Oxford and 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.

Professional Memberships:

ASGBI - Association of Surgeons GB and Ireland

ACPGBI - Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland

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 complex hernia
  • Surgery for haemorrhoids, fissure and fistula.
  • Colonoscopy

Primary Hospital Affiliations & Locations

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon since 2000

Manor Hospital, Oxford – private practice

Publications:

To view Mr Cunningham's publications click here.


Ian Lindsey

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

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Qualifications:

MBBS, FRACS

Medical School:

University of Melbourne, Australia, 1988

Professional Profile:

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 at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust 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.

Professional Memberships:

ASGBI - Association of Surgeons Great Britain and Ireland

ACPGBI - Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland

TNPFS - The National Pelvic Floor Society

ESCP - European Society of Coloproctology

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

Primary Hospital Affiliations & Locations

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon since 2002

Manor Hospital, Oxford – private practice

Publications:

To view Mr Lindsey's publications click here.


Kim Gorissen

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

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Qualifications:

MD

Professional Profile:

Kim Gorissen is a Consultant in Emergency and Colorectal Surgery at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She graduated at the Maastricht University in The Netherlands in 2005 (MD & Cum Laude). She continued her training in Maastricht where she qualified in general, gastrointestinal and oncologic surgery. Here she developed a strong affection for colorectal surgery and more specifically for pelvic floor surgery. After further training at prestigious centres in Oxford and the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia she returned to Oxford to continue working in this field.

She has published several scientific papers and book chapters on pelvic floor problems, colorectal cancer and recovery after surgery, and frequently presents her research at international conferences and master classes.

Professional Memberships:

ACPGBI - Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland

TNPFS - The National Pelvic Floor Society UK

ESCP - European Society of ColoProctology

ECCO - European Crohn’s & Colitis Organisation

NVVH - Dutch Surgical Society

NVCO - Dutch Society of Surgical Oncology

NVGIC - Dutch Society of Gastro Intestinal Surgery

WCP - Dutch Society of ColoProctology

CSSANZ - Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand

Special Interests:

  • Management of faecal incontinence, obstructed defaecation and pelvic pain
  • Pelvic floor surgery, including prolapse surgery
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Endometriosis
  • Management of colon and rectal cancer
  • Proctology & Surgery for haemorrhoids (incl HALO), fissure and fistula.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Minimally invasive, laparoscopic and transanal surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Emergency (colorectal) surgery

Primary Hospital Affiliations & Locations

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – Consultant in Emergency Surgery

Manor Hospital, Oxford – private practice

Publications:

To view Miss Gorissen's publications click here.

Personal Statement:

‘From the moment I can remember I have always wanted to become a surgeon. I love the complexity of pelvic floor problems, as they provide a constant new challenging puzzle in each patient. Together with the refinement of laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, it is the perfect combination of brain & handicraft. It helps to be a female surgeon, as it is sometimes easier for me to identify with my mostly female patients. The reason for me to return to Oxford was the enormous dedication, expertise and inventiveness of the all members of the Oxford Pelvic Floor Service team. I am very happy and proud to work with such a fantastic team!’

Oliver Jones

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

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Qualifications:

MA, BM BCh, DM, FRACS

Medical School:

University of Oxford, UK, 1995

Professional Profile:

Oliver Jones is a consultant colorectal surgeon at the Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust. He 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 a MD degree for his research into mechanisms of faecal continence and defaecation, their disorders and treatment. 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 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).

Professional Memberships:

ACPGBI - Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland

FRCS - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

BMA - British Medical Association

TNPFS - The National Pelvic Floor Society

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
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Minimally invasive, laparoscopic and transanal surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Surgery fissure, fistula and haemorrhoids including HALO, DG-HAL and haemorrhoidectomy.
  • Colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and upper GI endoscopy

Primary Hospital Affiliations & Locations

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (with clinical sessions at the John Radcliffe, Churchill and Horton Hospitals) – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon since 2009

Manor Hospital, Oxford – private practice

Foscote Hospital, Banbury – private practice

Publications:

To view Mr Jones' publications click here.